Family Support

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The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) funds a variety of acknowledged methods that help family and informal caregivers care for loved ones at home for as long as possible. The NEK Council on Aging has been a participant in this vital outreach since shortly after Congress passed legislation for its funding in 2000.

As a Care Option, our Family Caregiver Support Program assists two main groups:

  • grandparents and relatives who are raising a family member’s child when the parents are unable
  • a wife, husband, adult child, or even a friend, who is helping a frail adult or one who may have dementia to remain as independent as possible.

The NEK Council uses the nationally recognized and evidence-based model known as Best Friends™ Approach to Alzheimer’s Care. This multi-part series is our leading workshop on dementia care.

We were the first in Vermont to have trainers authorized by Best Friends™, a relationship-centered approach developed by social worker Virginia Bell, who founded the first dementia-specific adult day-care program in the country, and public-health administrator David Troxel, known internationally as an expert on Alzheimer’s disease and memory care.


NEK Council on Aging Spring 2017 Caregiver Newsletter!
We hope you enjoy this edition of the Spring Newsletter!

Why not call our Information & Referral Specialists to find out how the Council on Aging might help you find the resources to care for your family member or yourself? The statewide, toll-free number is: 1-800-642-5119.

If you want to sign up to receive our Family Caregiver Support Program’s e-newsletters, please address Nancy Oakes and Pam Smith in the message line of your request sent via: