Caregiving Resource Center

Welcome, Caregivers

Welcome to the Wilder Foundation's Caregiving Resource Center, a site designed specifically for caregivers. Whether you’re new to caregiving or have been helping a friend, family member or neighbor for a while, these resources will help you be the best caregiver possible.

What is a Caregiver?

A caregiver is anyone actively taking care of an older or disabled adult. Family members and friends who provide care to an older adult often think of themselves as daughters, husbands, partners, and friends – not caregivers. Identifying as a caregiver is the first, and often most important, step a person who is playing this important role can take.
Family members and friends who understand they are caregivers:
  • Gain confidence as they gain access to education and support
  • Become part of a community of caregivers, while maintaining their role as wives, sons, partners and friends
  • Provide quality care they while staying healthy and active themselves

Click on the links in the "Quick Links" box to learn more about caregiving and the services offered for caregivers at Wilder's Community Center for Aging.

About the Caregiver Awareness Campaign

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, the Alzheimer's Association, the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, and the Metropolitan Caregiver Service Collaborative worked together to create a campaign to raise awareness about identifying as a caregiver. A recent study showed that only 19 percent of people actively caring for a friend, family member, or neighbor self-identified as a caregiver. Without recognizing this role, caregivers do not seek resources that could help them better take care of their loved ones and themselves.
The campaign – What is a Caregiver​ – uses outdoor signage to remind people that even common tasks like mowing a neighbor's lawn or taking a spouse to an appointment is considered caregiving. The website was created to direct caregivers toward community resources that are available to them. The goal of the campaign is to raise caregiver self-awareness and increase access to caregiver supports.

 Quick Links



 Community Art for Healthy Aging Saturday Series


​Come together for coffee, a bite to eat, conversation, music, movement and creativity. For older adults and their family and friend caregivers who want to stay active.

Saturday mornings
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Visit the Active Programming page for current classes.


 P.S. I Understand



P.S. I Understand matches people who are currently providing care to a trained former caregiver who is at least one year past his or her caregiving experience. It happens on your schedule, in a way that's convenient for you.

Interested? Contact us at the number or email below.


 Generations Article


​Interested in how Wilder created the caregiver awareness campaign to help people identify as caregivers?

Read this article in Generations journal, reprinted by permission of the American Society on Aging.


 Related Research


​Read the replication guide to Wilder's expanded Caregiver Services initiatives.

View reports from the Caregiving in Context study, which explores family, friend, and community caregivers' networks of support.


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