The Darien/Stamford Chapter of the American Red Cross (112 Prospect Street, Stamford; 203-363-1041; e-mail:; Website: offers a Family Caregiving Course, which focuses on helping those who care for a loved one. Topics include: assisting with personal care, positioning and helping your loved one move, general caregiving skills, home safety, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, among others. The course does not appear on the regular schedule but is offered by request.

Both Waveny Care Center and The Village at Waveny Care Center offer respite stays to give caregivers the necessary time they need to rejuvenate, travel, etc. Waveny will help assess the level of care (skilled nursing or assisted living) you need. Call 203-594-5200 or visit

The Connecticut Statewide Respite Care Program is operated in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association Chapters of Connecticut and the Connecticut Area Agencies on Aging. Eligible families may apply for daytime or overnight respite care services. Call the Area Agencies on Aging at 1-800-994-9422.