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The ALS Association Cares for Those Who Care the Most in New Campaign
Date:10/26/2009

personal matters, catching up with family and friends and having a chance for rest and relaxation.

One of the ways The Association looks out for the welfare of primary caregivers is by training and providing ongoing support to the friends and families of caregivers on how to use its Care Connection program. This program is based on a network of volunteers from the community that provide help for the person with ALS and often gives the caregiver a much needed break from their day-to-day responsibilities. It provides an opportunity for those who want to offer a helping hand but do not know what is needed.

The program provides a plan for organizing help, training and information about how to establish an effective team.

The Care Connection uses the Lotsa Helping Hands Web site, which offers a simple, immediate way for families facing the challenges of long-term care to organize and communicate with other family members, friends and neighbors. It is an easy-to-use, private group calendar, specifically designed for coordinating visits or help with meal delivery, transportation and other tasks necessary for life to run smoothly.

George Shelton and his wife Amelia, who has ALS, are enthusiastic about their participation in The Association's Care Connection. They are helped by The Association's Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter in Raleigh, N.C.

"As a caregiver, the biggest challenge that I face is realizing that I can't do everything by myself," said George Shelton, who likes computer games and watching movies. "My best advice to other
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