Family Caregivers

Your father has dementia, your mom falls periodically, and your neighbor struggles with grocery shopping.  They all need your assistance now, in one way or another.  Before you realized it, you entered a new phase of your life—caregiving.

You've probably heard the word "caregiver" but what does it really mean? A caregiver is a relative or friend who provides care for an older or disabled adult.  Caregiving can be as intense as providing around the clock care for a person with dementia, or as simple as regularly picking up groceries for a neighbor. Caregiving is important work and it can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming. You are not alone. An estimated 679,000 Minnesotans are caregiving for an older or disabled adult. 

Are you juggling the competing demands of work and caregiving? You are not alone the majority of caregivers are employed. See tips on finding balance between work and caregiving EnglishSpanish Is it time to hold a family meeting? A "family meeting" is a chance for spouses, partners, children, and others to discuss the care of an older family member. It helps families identify needs, share responsibilities, and come up with a plan that will best serve the older adult and family as a whole. Steps for Holding a Family Meeting.

Caregiving might have become part of your life abruptly, or you might have gradually taken on more and more responsibilities. The pressure of caring for someone else can take a toll on your health. Caregivers often feel anxious, overwhelmed and depressed. Tips for caring for yourself

Does the person you are caring for need help living at home? Learn more about the Live Well at Home program

Could you use help with day-to-day caregiving? The Minnesota Board on Aging has seven regional Area Agencies on Aging who are dedicated to addressing the needs of older adults and their families by providing a range of services and resources in local communities. Resources for Caregivers

Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease or a related dementia?  At first you may be able to handle the responsibilities yourself, but in time your family member will need more help with everyday tasks. MN Memory Care site.

Don't struggle alone with your caregiving responsibilities. More help is available than you may realize. Discover the many resources available in your area by visiting www.MinnesotaHelp.Info® or calling the Senior LinkAge Line®: A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors, at 1-800-333-2433.

Minnesota Caregiver Support Services Survey

To better understand the services that support family caregivers across the lifespan, the Minnesota Board on Aging conducted a statewide survey of service providers.  The purpose of the survey was to learn more about the availability and capacity of caregiver support services in Minnesota.  Findings will be used to inform planning, policy and funding decisions related to developing and strengthening services for family caregivers across the lifespan.  To read the full report click here.

Caregiver Links:

Minnesota Live Well At Home
Administration on Aging Caregiver Resource Room
Family Caregiver Alliance
National Alliance for Caregiving
National Family Caregiver's Association

Read Governor Dayton's Proclamation

Minnesota's Caregiver Communication Kit