Caregiver Support

Collin County Committee on Aging 

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Caregiver Support

There are only four kinds of people in the world:

  • Those who have been caregivers,
  • Those who are caregivers,
  • Those who will be caregivers, and
  • Those who will need caregivers.”

Rosalynn Carter

The definition of a caregiver is “a person who provides unpaid assistance to a relative or friend who is ill, elderly or disabled”. The duties of a caregiver are often overwhelming. Statistics state that caregiving households will exceed 39 million by 2007 and that 4 out of 10 caregivers are also raising children still at home. 

Caregivers dedicate, on average, 20 hours per week to provide care for older persons. One-third of all caregivers describe their own health as fair to poor. With this in mind, our program is designed to make the caregiver’s duties manageable by providing education and training, as well as information and referral services. Our goal is to help reduce caregiver stress, minimize their research time and enable them to spend more quality time with their loved one.

With this in mind, Collin County Committee on Aging has the following services available:

Each caregiver that contacts our office receives a Caregiver Packet with information and education tools to better assist in the duties they perform. As a caregiver in our program you will also receive the Caregiver Quarterly Newsletter. Contact our office for more information.

Resource Guide

Lending Library List

Elder Law Handbook

For information, referral, or assistance please contact Mary Jane Douglas, Caregiver Support Coordinator at 972.562.6996 ext. 112.

Find information on area senior services with our Resource Guide.

Resource Guide

Lending Library List

Elder Law Handbook

Caregiver Resources

AARP Caregiver Site

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Guide

American Association for Retired Persons – AARP

Caregiver Resources from the Administration on Aging

Elder Care Locator

Geriatric case managers

Grandparents raising grandchildren

Grief and Loss

National Adult Day Services Association -NADSA

National Council on Aging

Online Guide for Caregivers

Caregiver Training

Caregivers USA

Long Distance Caregiving

Needs Assessment

How To Care-Elder Care Survival Guide

Family Caregiving Alliance

A Report (PDF file)

A.O.A. Information/Stats on American Family Caregivers