RESOURCES FOR CARE PARTNERS
Learn more about community and web-based resources designed to help with unique issues faced by those caring for a friend or family member.
Safety and Wellness
These resources can help you navigate important issues in life like finding affordable food, paying your utilities, and staying socially connected.
African-American Alzheimer’s Caregiver Training and Support (ACTS 2)
ACTS 2 is a faith-based, skills-building and support program designed to meet the needs of distressed family caregivers of older adults with dementia. ACTS 2 consists of 12 sessions, 7 group sessions and 5 individual sessions, delivered over the telephone in the homes of family caregivers. ACTS 2 sessions are led by trained, lay pastoral care facilitators from the African-American faith community. Caregivers of persons with dementia have the opportunity to share their challenges and concerns with other family caregivers, and set goals for improving their own life and health situation as well as that of their loved one. Please visit the FAQ for more information on support sessions, and enrollment in ACTS 2 caregiver training program.
The Alzheimer’s Association is an organization that works to unite caregivers, provide support to those facing Alzheimer’s, and advance research into the disease. Their 24/7 helpline, 1-800-272-3900, is answered day or night by trained dementia specialists. The Helpline offers support, information, referrals, or care consultations and is available in 200 different languages.
The Family Caregiver Alliance has created an online training series called “The Caregiver College” which discuss skills such as how to assist with bathing, transferring, and more. You can see these videos in multiple languages, along with other helpful webinars, on the Family Caregiver Alliance YouTube Channel.
Family Caregiver Alliance
The goal of the Family Caregiver Alliance is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and the people who receive their care. To this end, the offer health-issue or condition-specific educational materials and information about common caregiving concerns and strategies.
Florida Department of Elder Affairs- Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative
The Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI) provides respite services including in-home, adult day care, emergency, and extended care (up to 30 days) for caregivers who serve patients with memory disorders. In addition to respite services, the ADI supports services including case management.
These services are provided through the 11 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). For eligibility requirements and how to receive these services, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging by calling the Elder Helpline at
In Florida there are 17 Memory Disorder Clinics operating in 13 distinct service areas across Florida that provide testing, education, and referral services for persons with dementia. The clinics also conduct research and provide caregiver support and education.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC)
Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) is a nationally recognized self-care education program offered through many different organizations across the state. PTC gives caregivers the tools to reduce personal stress, better communicate feelings, improve self-confidence, and more. The program is designed for the caregiver’s personal health. It does not teach caregiving skills but rather how to take care of oneself while facing the unique challenges of being a family caregiver. Contact the Alzheimer’s Project at 850-386-2778 to join a Virtual Powerful Tools workshop or look at upcoming classes to find one near you.
UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program
The UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program has created a large video library to help caregivers understand how to better care for persons with dementia. The videos cover a range of topics including repetitive questions, refusal to bathe, wandering, and lack of eating.
The Center for Applied Research in Dementia
The Center for Applied Research in Dementia aims to improve the quality of life of persons with dementia and related disorders, and the lives of their caregivers, by enabling persons with dementia to engage in meaningful, productive activity and to fulfill meaningful social roles within their families and communities. Their website offers some free resources such as signage that can explain COVID-19 restrictions to a person living with dementia and Montessori-based activity ideas.
- The National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems hosted a webinar outlining the definition of person-centered thinking, planning, and practice. Panelists, including Dr. Cameron Camp of the Center for Applied Research in Dementia, discuss individual, community, and system level approaches to make supports for people with dementia more person-centered.
- This Q&A from the webinar offers helpful background on communicating with persons with dementia, helping family members with dementia, and helpful community resources.
The Safe Mobility for Life
The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition is a statewide coalition that aims to address the specific needs of aging road users and to improve aging road user safety and mobility in Florida. Their comprehensive website offers information on everything mobility and transportation related from bicycle precautions to safe vehicle operations. Their site for families and caregivers provides resources to help prepare for discussions around safe driving concerns and reducing or stopping driving.