Pastoral Care On-Line Resource Library

Last Revision:  March 27, 2014

Note:  To reach resources, just click on the underlined text of interest.

Caregiving

General Family Caregiving resources

Hot Topics in Caregiving

Caregiving Resources from AARP, including the topics: Care at home; Care for the caregiver; Long distance caregiving; Medical Issues; Diversity Issues. Use the “select topic” menu.

Taking care of YOU: Self Care for Family Caregivers, which includes five-points for caregiver self-support

Checklists for decisions about care:

Needs Assessment Worksheet from Family Care America

Helping My Parents: How Do I Know If They Need Help from American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

Families and Parenting Resources

General Resources

Tufts University Child and Family Web Guide
This site is an excellent resource for a large spectrum of information about children and families. The site provides information and also offers assessments by renowned child development experts of other child and family-related sites.

Mental Health Organizations and Information on the World Wide Web
Compiled and frequently updated by UU minister Rev. Barbara Meyers, this is an excellent comprehensive listing (with hyperlinks) of resources for children, families and individuals regarding a spectrum of mental health issues.

Unitarian Universalist Resources

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Family Resources (UUA)

UUA Family Resources: Faith, Love, Justice and Diversity, Time, Democracy, Disasters, War Find topics using the light blue box listing on the left side.

UU World Family Pages (monthly editions)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender welcome resources from the UUA

Resources for Singles from the UUA

Booklets written for Unitarian Universalists:

Let's Talk About Respect

Let's Talk About Time/Money Balance

Let's Talk About Marriage and Committed Relationships

Let's Talk About Divorce and Broken Relationships

Let's Talk About Families and Loss

Let's Talk About Interfaith Families

Family Support: Food & Benefits

Food Stamps Information: State and Federal programs

Local Food Pantries: Open Table Food Pantry & Community Suppers (Concord & Maynard); Acton Food Pantry and Clothing Closet (Acton)

Benefits Check Up (National Council on Aging)
Determine your eligibility for assistance with prescription drugs, health care, meals, and utility bills.

Unemployment Support

Networkers Group, St. Matthews Church, Acton (Friday 10 am)

Networking Group, First Parish, Concord, (Tuesday 9:30 am)

Health, Illness, and Wellness

General Resources

Excellent Bibliography of Books for specific mental illnesses and health challenges vetted by UU minister Rev. Barbara Meyers.

Health Topics (National Institutes of Health) An excellent website of resources about all health and wellness topics

American Psychological Association: Excellent resources for different illnesses

Topical Resources

Abuse

Covenant House (800-999-9999)
Though particularly for youth, any one can call to talk any time confidentially to counselors who are trained to help individuals figure out what to do and how to get help locally.

Childhelp USA (800-422-4453)
Professionals trained to help in any kind of abusive situation. For children and adults.

Parents Anonymous (800-882-1250)
For stressed parents, afraid of abusing their children.

Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women (888-743-5754)

Alzheimer’s

If you have Alzheimer’s (Alzheimer’s Association)

Caring for Alzheimer’s (Alzheimer’s Association)

Cancer

Coping with Cancer: For Caregivers, Family, and Friends (National Cancer Institute)

Care for Children and Adolescents with Cancer (National Cancer Institute)

Healing Garden, Harvard, MA (978-456-3632) For women with breast cancer.

Depression

American Psychological Association (resources on depression)

Depressive and Bipolar Support Alliance

Unitarian Universalist Mental Health Ministries

Dementia

Dementia and Aging: When should I be concerned about a senior’s forgetfulness? (from American Psychological Association)

End of Life Planning & Serious Illness

Five Wishes planning document from Aging with Dignity

End of life planning and hospice: Brochures on topics; click on specific topics

Wellspring Center, Watertown, MA (617-924-8515)
Supporting the seriously ill and training those who care for them.

Grief

Frequently asked questions about grief, surviving a loss, and grief support
(from Caring Connections)

Mental Illness & Health

Mental Health Organizations and Information on the World Wide Web
Compiled and frequently updated by UU minister Rev. Barbara Meyers, this is an excellent comprehensive listing with hyperlinks to all resources.

Unitarian Universalist Mental Health Ministries

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is a self-help advocacy organization for people with serious mental illness and their family and friends.
Local NAMI, Woburn, MA (781-938-4048); Cambridge (617-984-0527)

Stress

Coping with Stress and Anxiety (American Psychological Association)

Stroke

National Stroke Association: Complete information on types and care; click on specific topics