Family Caregivers e-Newsletter July 2016

Family Caregivers e-Newsletter

July 2016


In this edition

Doing What is Best for Loved Ones:  Siblings, Family Conferences And Caregiving

Toll Free Caregiver Teleconnection: Social Workers View

Sibling Conflict

Online Caregiver Education

YouTube: Family Caregiver Alliance

Social Media

Inspirational Quotes for Caregivers

Books and Other Resources

See below:

Support Group list

Facebook and Twitter

Resources:·         DADS toll free resources

·    Alzheimer's Association ongoing education and support

·         Memory Cafes

·         Senior Discounts

·         Call 211

·         Take Time Texas respite resources

Go to

Family Caregivers Online

for resources, online education information, FAQs, and archived monthly electronic newsletter articles

Benefits Counseling Services

Call 2-1-1 and ask to talk to a Benefits Counselor to learn more about Medicare, Medicaid, and other resources throughout north central Texas

Caregiver Support Groups

please email to submit other locations


Telephone Support Group

Free Click here for details


Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer's Association North Central Texas

Alzheimer's Association Greater Dallas Chapter



Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group Second Thursday of each month  Aledo United Methodist Church. Click here for details



1st Tuesday of every month

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Belmont Village Turtle Creek
3535 North Hall Street, Dallas, TX 75129

Click here for details



Alzheimer's Support

Send email to


(Childen of Aging Parents)

Send email to

Alzheimer's Association Education and Support

For information about education and special events provided through Alzheimer's Association.

Click here for North Central Texas Chapter – Tarrant and surrounding counties

Click here for Greater Dallas Chapter – Dallas and surrounding counties.


Doing What is Best for Loved Ones: 

Siblings, Family Conferences And Caregiving

It is not uncommon that most of the responsibility for the care of a love one is managed by one person.  This person may be the spouse or an adult child.  The primary caregiver may be the person who is emotionally closest to the care receiver or the one who lives the closest.  Other family members often don’t help because there is not clear communication about how they can help.

Caregivers may assume that siblings “should” offer to help or that they cannot be relied on.  Caregivers often do not realize that unconsciously they may be sending a signal that says “don’t even bother as I have this handled.”  Caregivers need to ask themselves.  “What happens to (mom)(dad)(?) if something happens to me?”  The caregiver and the care receiver may miss an opportunity for other family members to get involved in the care because they are not communicating.  Everyone may benefit from more family involvement.

Click here to read more


Caregiver Teleconnection

Free telephone education session

A Social Workers "Real World" Perspective: Tools and Techniques for Family Caregivers

July 11, 2016 Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Description:  Learn about tools for caregiver self-care, helpful techniques to reduce wandering, redirecting loved ones behavior, ideas for remaining calm when stressed, and other techniques learned  the speakers experience with family caregivers and health care workers. 

Click here  for this month's schedule of topics

Topics in the months to come: 

Siblings, Family Conferences & Doing What's Best, Using Services of the Area Agency on Aging,

Improving Communication


Register online at


by calling toll free 1-866-390-6491 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

***You must pre-register at least 24 hours prior to the classes***


Sibling Conflict


In times of stress, even the best of families have difficulty agreeing on what to do with Mom and Dad. But not many of us come from the best of families. Most of us come from normal families with lots of history, past disagreements, and maybe even feelings of resentment or bitterness. These issues make reaching an agreement on a very difficult situation almost impossible. Here are a few suggestions which may help make this easier.

Click here for the complete article by 

Anna Walters, RN

The Caregiver Media Group is a leading provider of information, support and guidance for family and professional caregivers. Founded in 1995, services include providing online articles and interviews, hosts Fearless Caregiver Conferences across the US, and publishes the magazine Caregiver

Social Media for Family Caregivers

On Facebook, “like”

Dallas Caregiver Resources for Dallas County OR

North Texas Caregivers if you live in these counties:  Collin, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood,Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell and Wise counties.

On Twitter, "follow"

DallasCaregiver or CaregiversTX

Encourage other caregivers in support groups, churches, and professionals you work with to choose social medial to help stay informed and connected.




Caregiver Inspirational Quotes

“Many of us follow the commandment 'Love One Another.' When it relates to caregiving, we must love one another with boundaries. We must acknowledge that we are included in the 'Love One Another.”

Peggi Speers

“During the last week of her father's life, Blanca stayed home with him. She said, 'I didn't bathe. I didn't sleep. I sat in the bed with him in the living room. And we were communicating all the time. I kept thinking, and it's more beautiful in Spanish, but I wanted to bottle his breathing.'― As quoted by Kevin Renner, In Search of Fatherhood

Free online education featured this month at

Long Distance Caregiving

Click here


Featured on YouTube:

Family Caregiver Alliance.  A respected source for information and resources for the daily challenges of caregivers. FCA provides education, services, research, and advocacy.

Click here

Books and Other Caregiver Resources

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

by Roz Chast

Laughter is a major stress reliever, and in her book, a memoir in cartoons, Chast uses humor and honesty to tackle the day-to-day issues experienced by a caregiver of aging parents. Adult children of senior parents will laugh with recognition as Chast recounts the tribulations of dealing with assisted living, dementia symptoms and other caregiver challenges.

This publication is funded, in part, by (click on the links below):

Area Agency on Aging of Dallas County 

Area Agency on Aging of North Central Texas

Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services (DADS)

Link to these organizations by visiting


This e-newsletter edited by

Zanda Hilger, M.Ed., LPC



This electronic newsletter is provided as a public service for family and other information caregivers helping older adults stay independent and safe.  Also see the website, Facebook postings, and Twitter messages for additional information, online learning, links, and resources. 


Family Caregiver Education and Support







Click here for respite resources from the

Texas Respite Coalition