Caregiver Resources

Providing care for a senior or someone with a disability can be an incredibly complex situation. Please review some of the resources listed below to aid in your efforts.

Caregiver Support Groups

NEI3A offers support groups in the following areas:
New Albin (Allamakee County):

  • 3rd Wednesday of each month at the New Albin Savings Bank, Town House, 118 Main Street at 10:00 am. 

Cresco, Iowa (Howard County)

  • Last Thursday of each month at the C US Bank, Grange Hall, 111 North Elm Street at 1:30 p.m.

Elma, Iowa (Howard County)

  • 2nd Wednesday of each month at Peoples Savings Bank, 328 Main Street at 1:30 pm.

Oelwein, Iowa (Fayette County)

  • 3rd Tuesday of each month at Arlington Place Assisted Living, 1101 Third Street SW at 1:30pm. 

Decorah, Iowa (Winneshiek County)

  • Decorah - Last Friday of each month at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 701 Iowa Avenue at 2:00 pm.

Dubuque (Dubuque County)

  • Last Tuesday of the month at the Oak Park Place, 1381 Oak Park from 2:00 to 3:00 pm 

  • 1st Thursday of each month at Sunset Park Place, 3730 Pennsylvania from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Cascade, Iowa (Dubuque County)

  • 2nd Tuesday of the month at River Bend Assisted Living 813 Tyler St. N.E. from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Maquoketa, Iowa (Jackson County)

  • Last Monday of the month at the Jackson Co. Senior Center, 1000 Quarry St. from 8:30-9:30 am

Maquoketa, Iowa (Jackson County)

  • 3rd Monday of each month at Clover Ridge Place from 5:30-6:30pm

Manchester, Iowa (Delaware County)

  • 2nd Monday of each month at the Good Neighbor Home 105 McCarren Dr. from 5:30-6:30pm                                                         

Guttenberg, Iowa (Clayton County)

  • Last Thursday of every month at the Living Water Bible Church on Hwy 52 at 7:00 pm.

Online Education/Training:

  • Caring for Aging Parents presented by: Elaine Eshbaugh,UNI  assistant professor, School of Applied Human Sciences. Caring for older loved ones is a concern for many families and individuals. It is estimated that 34 million Americans are unpaid caregiver for older adult friends or family members. This webinar will discuss needs and challenges of aging families. Topics will include practical and emotional dimensions of decision making regarding issues such as nursing homes, Alzheimer's and dementia and end of life care.
  • offers a wide variety of education and training for caregivers.
  • Care Crossroads is a "community of care" web site designed to help family caregivers meet other caregivers, learn about Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and connect "live" with experts.

Local Library Resources

Check your local library for the following resources:

  • The Magic of Humor in Caregiving by James R. Sherman
  • Preventing Caregiver Burnout by James R. Sherman
  • Positive Caregiver Attitudes by James R. Sherman
  • The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent by Barry J. Jacobs
  • The Caregiver’s Essential Handbook: More than 1,200 Tips to Help You Care for and Comfort the Seniors in Your Life by Sandra Choron and Sasha Carr
  • Eldercare 911: The Caregiver’s Complete Handbook for Making Decisions by Susan Beerman and Judith Rappaport-Musson
  • My Turn: Caring for Aging Parents & Other Elderly Loved Ones: A Daughters Perspective by Sandra W. Haymon
  • Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence by Gail Sheehy
  • Coping with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Emotional Survival Guide by Rose Oliver
  • Facing Alzheimer’s: Family Caregivers Speak by Patricia Brown Coughlan
  • It Takes More Than Love: A Practical Guide to Taking Care of an Aging Adult by Anita G. Beckerman
  • The Home Care Companion’s Quick Tips for Caregivers by Marion Karpinski
  • Stages of Senior Care: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Making the Best Decisions by Paula Hogan the 36-hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life by Nancy L. Mace
  • The Moon in the Water: Reflections of an Aging Parent by Kathy J. Phillips
  • A Survival Guide for Family Caregivers, Strength, Support and Sources of Help for All Those Caring for Aging or Impaired Family Members by Jo Horne
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