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What I mean is where do you get information about medical treatments. Which books do you read, which sites (besides agingcare) do you visit to stay up to date etc.


Sorry for all the questions I have, but I really want to provide the best help I can for my grandfather.

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@Jeeannegibbs: Thank you for your answer: I'm sorry for not providing you with additional information.

I’m 21 years old and have been taking care of my grandfather for one month.
Before that my grandmother was taking care of him which is not an option any more.
For now I'm working abroad but by the time I come back I will be writing my
bachelorthesis until my graduation in September.

My parents work in shifts so that every time one parent is at home. Our grandfather lives with us (My parents).
As I will be having time until my graduation it is absolutely fine for me to spend more time with my grandfather than my parents.
They are taking care about the rest (groceries, houshold cleaning, cooking etc.)

I also want to let you know that I'm doing some research for my bachelorthesis at the same time (Currently the topic is very broad: "Which difficulties do caregives encounter and how can the IT help them").

Thank you also very much for your supportive words - I know that I won't be able to be there all the time, but for the time being I really want to make the best out of it, after my graduation my parents will have to take over either way.
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tomastreo, are you caring for Grampa while your parents work, then turning his care over to them while you go live your own life? Are you getting paid for the care? Do you live in Grampa's house? Who does the weekends? Who does the cooking and cleaning?

It is not possible to be a 24/7/365 caregiver without adequate respite and also retain your own sanity. Ain't happening. So while you are learning to provide the best care you can for your loved one, you MUST also be realistic about taking care of you.

You are way too young to put your life on hold for an indefinite period.
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Thank you jeannegibbs and also thank you very much for your encouraging words!

I completely forgot to mention the booklets etc. my grandfather received, but I think that there is more for me to learn and therefore I'm looking for me.
I'll look for local groups, that's a really great suggestion.

For now it's mainly me as my parents are working full-time.
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Hello geewiz! Thank you very much for your answer it does help me start! Sorry for the missing information. My grandfather is 72 now and is paralyzed. He cannot walk, speak and move move his right hand. What can you recommend for educating myself in this area (I.e. becoming a better caregiver) besides practical experience of course. What you recommend for educating myself in medical topics? Thank you very much!
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Websutes with medical information range from pure quackery to legitimate and helpful resources. Be selective. Geewiz is right about picking well-known and reputable sources.

Don't overlook the material your grandfather's clinic hands out about his condition.

If there is a local support group for caregivers of people with your grandfather's condition, that be extremely valuable. Often they have a collection of books and booklets that other members have found helpful over the years.

You are really wise to try to learn everything you can about his condition!

What other help and caregiving resources does grandfather have in addition to you?
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Welcome to Agingcare. Going forward, you will find that you get better information when you tell us a bit more. How old is Grandpa, If there is a diagnosis what is it, etc.

But to begin, websites from major hospitals (Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, etc) frequently have terrific information. If there is a specific diagnosis, many organizations specific to a diagnosis have educational informaion on their websites. For example: American Diabetes association, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis etc. A visit to a library and a meeting with a reference librarian may benefit you by identifying valuable reading material. I hope this helps you get started.
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