About The Alzheimer’s Caregiver®

The Alzheimer’s Research and Resource Foundation (ARARF) takes great pride in the distribution of The Alzheimer’s Caregiver® to those who need it the most. The Alzheimer’s Caregiver® conveys the best of dementia care research in terminology that is easily understood by hands-on caregivers of diverse language and cultural backgrounds. The program is available for free in both English and Spanish.

A large proportion of people with Alzheimer’s need some care, ranging from activities of daily living—such as bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, and helping the person use the toilet or manage incontinence—to full personal care and round the clock supervision. The evidence-based prevention strategies of The Alzheimer’s Caregiver® meet the needs of people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers through all stages of the illness.

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver® consists of in-depth modules on everyday topics of importance to caregivers, which include a vast array of videos, photographs, animated, quizzes and graphics, all depicting specific teaching points and reinforcing understanding of caregiving strategies and tips. In The Alzheimer’s Caregiver® program, you’ll find:

  • 2,200 pages of material
  • 50 hours of audio clips
  • 850 photographs each of which depicts a specific teaching point
  • 88 videos
  • 68 quizzes to enhance our problem-based learning method

Numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Aging were received to help fund the research that led to the development of The Alzheimer’s Caregiver®. ARARF continues to cultivate relationships with universities to both promote and obtain cutting-edge research being conducted in the area of dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Click here to learn more about ARARF.

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver® Course

Module Titles and Authors and their University Affiliations:

  1. Dementia, Delirium and Depression: Similarities, Differences and Treatments
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  2. Dementia, Delirium and Depression: Causes and Risk Factors
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  3. Assisting with Activities of Daily Living: Bathing and Showering
    Written by Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  4. Assisting with Activities of Daily Living: Dressing
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  5. Assisting with Activities of Daily Living: Grooming
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  6. Caregiver Stress: Detecting Stress, Burden And Depression
    Written by: Lena Smith, PhD, MA, LBSW, LNHA (University of New Mexico)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  7. Caregiver Stress: Coping Strategies
    Written by: Lena Smith, PhD, MA, LBSW, LNHA (University of New Mexico)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  8. Promoting Healthy Sleep Patterns
    Written by: Jennifer Kretzschmar, PhD (University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio)
    Sharon Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN (University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  9. Managing Nighttime Awakenings and Wandering
    Written by: Jennifer Kretzschmar, PhD (University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio)
    Sharon Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN (University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  10. Sleep Issues: Managing Hallucinations, Illusions, Delusions, Nightmares, Sundowning, Anxiety and Depression
    Written by: Jennifer Kretzschmar, PhD (University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio)
    Sharon Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN (University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  11. Guidelines for Improving Communication
    Written by: Linda R. Phillips, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N. (UCLA School of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  12. Using Communication to Manage Challenging Behaviors
    Written by ; Linda R. Phillips, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N. (UCLA School of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  13. Activity-Focused Dementia Care: Meaningful Activities
    Written by: Wendy Wood, PhD, OTR, FAOTA (University of New Mexico)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  14. Activity-Focused Dementia Care: Person Centered Care and Environments
    Written by: Wendy Wood, PhD, OTR, FAOTA (University of New Mexico)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  15. Activity-Focused Dementia Care: Preventing Excess Disability and Difficult Behaviors
    Written by: Wendy Wood, PhD, OTR, FAOTA (University of New Mexico)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  16. Difficult Behaviors Associated with Dementia
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Linda Teri, PhD (University of Washington School of Medicine)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  17. Managing Difficult Behaviors
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Linda Teri, PhD (University of Washington School of Medicine)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
    Lena G. Smith, PhD (University of New Mexico)
  18. Early Stages: Family Involvement and Planning
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  19. Early Stages at Home: Intimacy and Sexuality
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  20. Environment Issues: Designing Safe Environments
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Juh Hyun Shin, PhD, RN (University of Iowa College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  21. Environment Issues: The Human Environment
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Juh Hyun Shin, PhD, RN (University of Iowa College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  22. Traveling, Driving, Holidays & Special Occasions
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  23. Late Stages: Communication and Activities
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  24. Hospice and Bereavement
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  25. Late Stages: Personal Care
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  26. Late Stages: Behavior and Sleep
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  27. Managing Incontinence
    Written by: Janet K Pringle Specht, PhD, RN, FAAN (University of Iowa College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  28. Nutrition
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  29. Memory Impairment: Risk Factors
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  30. Memory Impairment: Prevention & Improving Functioning
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  31. Continuum of Care: At Home Care with In-Home Assistance
    Written by Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  32. Continuum of Care: Adult Daycare and Residential Care
    Written by: Catherine M. Harris, PhD, RNCS (University of New Mexico College of Nursing)
    Edited by: Mindy J. Kim-Miller, MD, PhD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
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