Jane Donahue remembers the day her husband got lost on a walk. "It terrified me," she said. Fearing he would wander off again, Donahue contacted the Alzheimer's Association office in Macon to see about getting a tracking device. The couple now comes back to the Central Georgia Regional Office on Mulberry Street a few times … Continue reading Macon yoga and dance classes help Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers
* This is the second installment in a series where we will be discussing some realistic ways that Caregivers can cope with the stresses of care-giving. None of us like to think about the worst case scenario if we don't have to. In fact, most of us who are caregivers think that the worst case … Continue reading Caregiver Coping Part 2: Prepare for the Worst
* This is the first installment in a series where we will be discussing some realistic ways that Caregivers can cope with the stresses of care-giving. When you become a caregiver - whether it be sudden or gradual - there is typically a pretty significant learning curve. All of a sudden, you may be … Continue reading Caregiver Coping Part 1: Education
I sat in my office on a crisp, cold day in January listening to “Sally*”, a 70 year old woman who had just been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease over the holiday season. Recently, Sally had some tests done, a couple of scans, and after the results came in her doctor simply said: “You … Continue reading “You have Alzheimer’s…Come back in six months”
Professional healthcare workers and caregivers, like nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, etc; often times receive dementia training through their employer or as part of their annual certifications. But what about family caregivers? Where can they go to receive similar training on dementia basics, behaviors and safety issues? Here! Okay, not here here - not on … Continue reading Family Caregiver Education Programs!
Many times people assume that once a diagnosis of dementia has been made, traveling is no longer an option. Or, on the other hand some people assume that even though a diagnosis of dementia has been made, the person diagnosed will continue to want to travel in the same manner that they always have. Neither … Continue reading Traveling with Dementia
Here it is, the “most wonderful time of the year”. For dementia caregivers, it can also be the most STRESSFUL time of the year. How can caregivers uphold family traditions – big family dinners, holiday parties, caroling with the choir – and keep from upending the routine of their loved one with dementia? Well, a … Continue reading Helpful Hints for Caregivers During Holiday Gatherings
As a Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, I’m most often confronted with families facing Alzheimer’s disease in its middle stages when there is a moderate change in a loved one’s abilities and questions arise regarding how to manage care. As we at the Alzheimer’s Association strive to reach families earlier in their diagnosis to … Continue reading Diagnosis…Hero!
By Michelle W. Koufman, JD, Elder Law Attorney; Certified Elder Mediator Seniors and their families face many different long term care decisions and transitions. These decisions/transitions often cause disagreement, discord and tension among different family members – in many cases – even leading to messy guardianship cases which are very difficult for everyone involved. … Continue reading Elder Mediation: An Alternative to Guardianship
There are many things to consider when thinking about whether or not a loved one needs to move or have in-home care, etc. Most of us want our loved ones to experience the most independence possible for as long as possible - but safely. It can be difficult at times to balance independence and … Continue reading Can a Person with Dementia Live or Stay Alone?