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Caregiver Support

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is honorary chairperson of the Rosalynn Carter Institute at the Georgia Southwestern State University whose mission is to understand the care-giving process and discover new ways to assist formal and informal caregivers.

Care-giving can be a daunting task. Whether a woman is caring for her children, an ailing spouse or an elderly parent, the strain can sometimes be enormous. It is especially difficult for those who must manage two all-consuming roles - that of caregiver and breadwinner. For many women, this dual role is not a matter of choice but a matter of necessity. It's important to take care of yourself first. Try to keep organized and learn how to advocate for the healthcare needs of your loved one.

This page offers caregivers many useful resources, links and tools to help you with this most important role.

Organizing Medicines

One tool many caregivers find helpful is a Medication Organizer Box – especially when managing more than one medication or dispensing pills at different times of the day. (see photograph below), available for purchase at most drugstores. Use this in combination with a Medication Record.

Medication Organizer Box

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