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Caregivers' Resource Library

Benzie Senior Resources received a grant award to help fund a “Caregivers’ Resource Library” in collaboration with area libraries. The "library" is in the form of a large catalog of educational material on taking care of people suffering from dementia, including self care and stress management for caretakers. The library contains a catalog of books and videos designed by Teepa Snow, an occupational therapist with 40 years of clinical practice experience. She is one of the world’s leading educators on dementia and the care that accompanies it. In 2005, she founded Positive Approach® to Care (PAC), a company that provides dementia care training, services and products around the world.

The collection can be found at Benzie Shores District Library in Frankfort, Benzonia Public Library, Betsie Valley District Library of Thompsonville and Darcy Library in Beulah.

Lack of formal training is a critical challenge for caregivers. Less than one in 10 family caregivers receives training to assist older adults with disabilities, according to a U.S. study.

The catalog includes:


Learning to Speak Alzheimer's: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease

The Dementia Handbook: How to Provide Dementia Care at Home

Stages of Senior Care: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Making the Best Decisions

Dementia Caregiver Guide: Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to Care techniques for caregiving, Alzheimer's, and other forms of dementia

Passages in Caregiving; Learning to speak Alzheimer’s

When reasoning no longer works

The 36 Hour Day; Stages for Senior Care

The Dementia Handbook; Chicken Soup for the Soul-Living with Alzheimer’s and other Dementias, 101 Stories of Caregiving, Coping and Compassion

The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers

Surviving Alzheimer’s

Activities to do with your parent who has Alzheimer’s/Dementia

Creating Moments of Joy-Along the Alzheimer’s Journey & Dementia Caregiver Guide

For children:
A Heart Full of Gems


Late Stage Dementia Care Bundle –
Advanced Care Skills in Late Stage Dementia
The Inevitable Hospital State -How to Advocate for your loved one with Dementia
End of Life Care and Letting Go

Specialty Dementia’s Bundle –
Understanding Vascular Dementia
Understanding Frontotemporal Dementia
Lewy Body Dementia “What everyone needs to know.”
Practical Tips for Better Living with Parkinson’s Disease

Mid-State Dementia-Family Care Partner Bundle - 
In Home Dementia Care-Tips & Techniques
Improving Communication in Dementia Care
Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Care-Recognizing & Meeting Unmet Needs

Seeing It from the Other Side Bundle Series:

Part 1 – Caregiver Stress and Dementia Coping & Strategies
Part 2 – The Condition of Dementia
Part 3 – Becoming Dementia Knowledgeable

Single DVDs:

Designing a Supportive Dementia Care Environment
The Art of Caregiving; Progression of Dementia
The Journey of Dementia
Progression of Dementia
It's All in Your Approach

Caregivers Resources Books and DVDS infographic

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