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For Caregivers

According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2012 Facts and Figures Report, in 2011 more than 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in the U.S. provided 17.4 billion hours of unpaid care valued at over $210 billion. Facts and Figures finds that caregivers not only suffer emotionally but also physically. Because of the toll of caregiving on their own health, Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers had $7.9 billion in additional health care costs in 2010. More than 60 percent of family caregivers report high levels of stress because of the prolonged duration of caregiving and 33 percent report symptoms of depression.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Resources

About Alzheimer’s Disease - National Institute on Aging

Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Alzheimer’s Association - National

Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center

Caregiver’s Stress Check - Alzheimer’s Association

Support Groups - USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute

Clinical Research / Clinical Trials at the Byrd Institute

The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute is involved in a number of research studies for various stages of Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. Several of these studies investigate potential treatments that target the plaques and tangles in the brain. Some studies involve pills, while others use intravenous (IV) infusions. Other trials study the effect of noninvasive treatments and nutritional supplements on Alzheimer’s disease. Some studies involve more advanced brain imaging techniques such as PET scans.

A number of studies are going on at any given time. We invite you to talk with the Institute's clinical research experts about studies that are enrolling and to schedule a screening visit.

Visit the Institute's Clinical Research page to find out more.

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Caregiver Stress: Remembering To Take Care Of Yourself

The job of caregiving, while a worthwhile and rewarding endeavor, is fraught with stress and requires an incredible amount of patience and understanding. Ignoring the symptoms of stress can affect physical and mental health and lead to burnout, and make it impossible for the caregiver to continue caring for their loved one.

Adrenal Fatigue Solution

Find Florida state Alzheimer’s organizations, end of life resources, hospice and palliative care, support groups, legal advocacy, and more at Alzheimers.net.

Elder Services & Help Lines

Elder Help Line:   1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337)

Information regarding elder services and activities is available through the Elder Helpline Information and Assistance service within each Florida County.

All Elder Helplines can be accessed through the Florida Telecommunication Relay System (1-800-955-8771 for TDD or 1-800-955-8770 for Voice) which allows telephone calls to be placed between TDD users and non-users with the help of specially trained operators translating the calls.  Below is a listing by county.


Alachua 800-262-2243

Hamilton 800-262-2243

Nassau 888-242-4464

Baker 888-242-4464      

Hardee 800-336-2226

Okaloosa 850-494-7100

Bay 866-467-4624

Hendry 239-652-6901

Okeechobee 866-684-5885

Bradford 800-262-2243

Hernando 800-262-2243

Orange 407-839-4357

Brevard 321- 504-2038

Highlands 800-336-2226

Osceola 407-839-4357

Broward 954-745-9779

Hillsborough 800-336-2226

Palm Beach 561-214-8600

Calhoun 866-467-4624

Holmes 866-467-4624

Pasco In-state 800-861-8111

    Out-of-state 727-217-8111

Charlotte 239-652-6901

Indian River 866-684-5885

Pinellas 727-217-8111

Citrus 800-262-2243     

Jackson 866-467-4624

Polk 800-336-2226

Clay 888-242-4464

Jefferson 866-467-4624

Putnam 800-262-2243

Collier 239-652-6901

Lafayette 800-262-2243

Santa Rosa 850-494-7100

Columbia 800-262-2243

Lake 800-262-2243

Sarasota 239-652-6901

DeSoto 239-652-6901

Lee 239-652-6901

Seminole 407-839-4357

Dixie 800-262-2243

Leon 866-467-4624

St. Johns 888-242-4464

Duval 888-242-4464

Levy 800-262-2243

St. Lucie 866-684-5885

Escambia 850-494-7100

Liberty 866-467-4624

Sumter 800-262-2243

Flagler 888-242-4464

Madison 866-467-4624

Suwannee 800-262-2243

Franklin 866-467-4624

Manatee 800-336-2226

Taylor 866-467-4624

Gadsden 866-467-4624

Marion 800-262-2243

Union 800-262-2243

Gilchrist 800-262-2243

Martin 866-684-5885

Volusia 888-242-4464

Glades 239-652-6901

Miami-Dade 305-670-4357

Wakulla 866-467-4624

Gulf 866-467-4624

Monroe 305-670-4357

Walton 850-494-7100



Washington 866-467-4624