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Now Available in Southwest Florida: New Manual Guides Caregivers Through Common Problems, Concerns
11/20/2002

FORT MYERS, FL - People in Southwest Florida who care for the aging now have a new resource, an easy to use guide and manual, that provides them with core information focusing on the concerns of the caregiver and common caregiver problems, thanks to a grant from Senior Solutions of Southwest Florida to Florida Gulf Coast University.

Naples resident and gerontology graduate student Karen Landy, primary author of “The Caregiver Manual and Resource Guide for Southwest Florida,” developed the book at the Southwest Florida Interdisciplinary Center for Positive Aging at FGCU with the help of director Linda Buettner, specifically to assist caregivers.

“Whether someone has been a caregiver for years, or is relatively new to caregiving, assuming the role of a caregiver is a journey that has changed, or will change, many facets of that person’s life,” Landy said. “Each section of the manual focuses on concerns of the caregiver and common caregiver problems. We offer insight and information, which caregivers will find useful in their roles and responsibilities of caregiving.”

The book includes information on agencies and resources that are available in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota counties. Nine chapters cover topics such as personal care information for the caregiver and care receiver, home safety, nutrition, medical aspects of caregiving, emotional and intellectual well-being, and legal and financial affairs.

“Caring for an individual with a chronic condition is difficult and emotionally draining,” Buettner said. “Numerous studies over the past decade have addressed the nature and the extent of caregiving, as well as its impact on health and well-being of the caregiver. Research shows the problems caregivers face are multidimensional and many are chronically ill themselves.”

The manual is not meant to replace medical care or other professional advice. “It is our hope this caregiver manual and resource guide is able to help with everyday problems and offers a guide to finding help when you need it,” Landy said.

The manual is available in both English and Spanish from Senior Solutions or the FGCU Center for Positive Aging. On the web, it is available in English at: .

For more information, contact Buettner at (941) 590-7497.

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