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500 FREE Resources to Help with Resident to Resident Aggression – Dementia

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Eilon Caspi picTwo years ago in April, Eilon Caspi, a Gerontologist & Dementia Behavior Specialist, launched a blog called: The Center for Prevention of Aggression Between Residents with Dementia.   Since then he has posted over 500 free resources on the center. The goal of the center is to raise awareness and improve understanding regarding the root causes of prevalent but under-recognized behaviors.  In addition, it is his hope that with this information people will be able to apply strategies which could help prevent and de-escalate unwanted reactions, we like to label “behaviors.

Eilon also helps out on “Dementia Chats,” a webinar Alzheimer’s Speaks provides FREE of charge to those who want to ask questions and have a discuss with our panel of experts who are diagnosed and living with dementia.  The webinars are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from  3pm to 4pm EST, 2pm to 3pm CST, 1pm to 2pm MST, 12pm to 1pm PST.  For more information on Dementia Chats CLICK HERETo go directly to the webinar, when live Click Here.

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In Memory

By: Michelle Remold

This past Friday, April 4, would have been my grandpa’s 97th birthday. My grandpa passed away six years ago on Saturday, April 5. I have written about my grandpa before, but thought that this would be a good way to honor his memory and his birthday.

My grandpa had Alzheimer’s during much of my childhood. At first, visiting him in the nursing home was strange to me. I didn’t understand why everyone on his dementia care wing acted the way they did. Soon the ‘strangeness’ of visiting the nursing home was overshadowed by all the smiles I would get from the other residents and I enjoyed visiting with them and learning more about them. There were a few WWII veterans, a former teacher, a nurse, farmers, cooks, and more.

Looking back I learned many things from spending time in the nursing home. I learned patience, empathy, not to take things too seriously, and mostly I found my career path. I realized that I wanted to work with older adults and especially focus on those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Without encountering the effects of Alzheimer’s, I wouldn’t have discovered my passion. I wouldn’t be where I am now if I hadn’t had the experiences I have had with Alzheimer’s. I have had many people help me reach my goals and help me continue on this path, but my journey started with my grandpa and he will always be at the heart of why I chose my career. So here’s to remembering my grandpa on his birthday weekend and celebrating his memory.

???????????????????????????????Michelle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology: Social Sciences and a minor in Family Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Aging Studies and Nursing Home Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato.

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We invite you to join us for our

4th Annual Spring Conference and Luncheon

 “Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment

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Establishing Community Support”

 Thursday, May 29, 2014

Noon – 4:30 p.m.

$40 – Includes Lunch

Certificate of Attendance Available

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For More Information on Alzheimer’s , other Dementias and Caregiving

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National Summit on Seniors & Disabilities Ministries Features Hope For Dementia

Join Us!

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Experience a unique conference for congregation members, nurses, healthcare personnel and other individuals in the healthcare field or who have an interest in senior and disability ministry. Network with industry representatives at the educational sessions, panel discussions, exhibits and an evening celebration with entertainment. Earn 4.5 continuing education (CE) credits targeted for nurses and social workers.

Come Check Out:

Real Hope when Confronted with Dementia

Presenters
-Lori La Bey, founder Alzheimer’s Speaks
-Rev. Curt Seefeldt, director of church relations, The Lutheran Home Association

This session will  change your perception of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementias. From personal experiences to God’s promises through Jesus, La Bey and Pastor Seefeldt will provide participants with understanding, resources and strategies that will provide hope and emotional and spiritual support.

Learning objectives

  • Learn to apply the promises of Jesus’ gospel in ways that provide comfort and give hope.
  • Develop a positive and objective mindset to the disease which will enable every caregiver to provide strong emotional support.
  • Identify educational resources which will help provide understanding to others.
  • Learn how local and global activities are making a difference to those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, their family and caregivers.
  • Understand the importance of spreading awareness and education of Alzheimer’s.

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Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio –

2 Great Authors –

2 Different Family Stories of Dementia

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We go live at 11am EST, 10am CST, 9am MST, 8am PST and 4pm London Time!

Join the conversation via your computer or call in live to share your comments or ask your questions.

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Tanya Ward Goodman Author PicToday Tanya Ward Goodman’s will discuss her memoir “Leaving Tinkertown,” a story about her father with early onset alzheimer’s and their walk through pain, comedy and love.

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Business BrandingOur 2nd guest will be Renae Farley author of “All We Need Is A Happy Ending.”  This is a tale of two sister as they walk the path of dementia together.  You can email Renae through her website below.

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Kudos to Caregivers

By: Michelle Remold

I was just reflecting on the many caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It seems that caregivers come in many different forms. Caregivers can be spouses, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, friends, and other relatives. Caregivers can be found in assisted living facilities and nursing homes as well.

All of these people deserve ‘kudos’ for the care they provide. They often provide care 24/7 with no concern for themselves, but rather immense concern for the other person. They seem to display unending patience and love for the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia. They listen to the same questions and comments repeatedly and watch with patience as the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia displays the same repetitive behavior.

While some days are more challenging than others, caregivers simply answer the same questions multiple times or address the same behaviors many times as well. Some days are a little easier to keep your cool and others are much more difficult. Caregivers do the best they can under the circumstances and that is all that can be asked of them.

It doesn’t matter if you are the neighbor who brings over meals a couple times a week; the friend who sits with the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia while their spouse goes grocery shopping; the grandchild who sits with your grandparent during summer days; or the child who stops by during lunch to check in, your role is important and greatly appreciated. I would like to offer up kudos to every caregiver; you are important to the lives of your loved ones and are appreciated.

???????????????????????????????                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Michelle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology: Social Sciences and a minor in Family Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Aging Studies and Nursing Home Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato.

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Here is a wonderful note I received from a woman whose family is dealing with dementia and who wants to make a difference in shifting our dementia care culture.  I just love when I get stuff like this!

Thank you Beth for sharing with me and giving me permission to share with others.

Beth’s Story About

Arthur’s Memory Cafe

My parents went to the Memory Cafe this week. My dad was reluctant, but said he’d try it because my mom really wanted to go. After, they got in the car and he said he really enjoyed himself and she told him that she did, too. Yesterday, I took him to lunch with a friend from high school. Out of the blue, he told my friend that he has Alzheimer’s and then told her about the memory cafe and how much he liked it. I felt the type of pride I usually have for my kids, but it was for my dad! I have never heard him talk about it!!! I can’t thank you enough for reaching out to me on that article!!!

Wow What A Story. 

It Just Makes Me Smile!

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It’s hard to Believe Mom Has Been Gone A Month-

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My mom was determined to have “Global Dementia Advocate” in the header of her obit.  After a 30 year battle I think she deserved to have anything she wanted there.  Her willingness to allow me to share her story though Alzheimer’s Speaks has touched so many people around the world. I am still amazed and in awe at all of your cards, poems, scriptures, comments and prayers.  They have meant so much to our family.  If her story has touched you, feel free to click above and light a candle in remembrance of her and make a comment.

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The Purple Angel Symbol –

New Global Symbol For Dementia 

Is now available for people to add to there obituary to help raise awareness as well.

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The 40/70 Rule:

Intergenerational Conversations

ARPF Board Member Carolyn Lucz wrote this article for those of us taking on the role of caretaker for our parents. We hope it is helpful for you.
There comes a time when children may need to take on the role of a parent. It can be prompted by a crisis in the family due to a death of one parent, or simply by the realization that a parent’s health is declining. It can be as minor as considering extra help in the home, or as life changing as selling the family home and looking for an assisted living facility.
Often, the time to broach touchy subjects seems to come suddenly; however, upon reflection, often there have been signs that should have prompted a discussion. Maybe you’ve noticed that your 78-year-old mother finds it hard to remember the names of her grandchildren, or forgets to feed her beloved pet. Perhaps she has been leaving the television and radio on night and day, and subscribes to the daily newspaper but can’t read it because of failing eyesight.
Fearing the loss of independence, a parent may reject any assistance out of hand. How do you talk with your mom and dad about driving, dating and financial matters? Here’s where the 40/70 Rule can open communication between baby boomers and their parents.
Dr. Jake Harwood, professor of communications at the University of Arizona, has developed a guide outlining seven tips to communication. The following suggestions can pave the way for better intergenerational communication and more fulfilling relationships.

Seven Tips to Help Boomer Children Communicate With Their Aging Parents

1. GET STARTED. If you’re 40 or your parents are 70, it’s time to start observing and gathering information carefully and thoughtfully. Don’t reach a conclusion from a single observation and decide on the best solution until you have gathered information with an open mind and talked to your parents.
2. TALK IT OUT. Approach your parents with conversation. Discuss what you’ve observed and ask your parents what they think is going on. If your parents acknowledge the situation, ask what they think would be good solutions. If your parents don’t recognize the problem, use concrete examples to support your case.
3. SOONER IS BETTER. Talk sooner rather than later when a crisis has occurred. If you know your loved one has poor eyesight or has trouble driving at night, begin to address those issues before a problem arises.
4. FORGET THE BABY TALK. Remember you are talking to an adult, not a child. Patronizing speech or baby talk will put older adults on the defensive and convey a lack of respect for them. Put yourself in your parents’ shoes and think of how you would want to be addressed in the situation.
5. MAXIMIZE INDEPENDENCE. Always try to move toward solutions that provide the maximum amount of independence for the older person. Look for answers that optimize strengths and compensate for problems. For instance, if your loved one needs help at home, look for tools that can help them maintain their strengths. Professional caregiving services provide assistance in a number of areas including meal preparation, light housekeeping or medication reminders. Or find friends that can help.
6. BE AWARE OF THE WHOLE SITUATION. If your dad dies and soon afterward your mom’s house seems to be in disarray, it’s probably not because she suddenly became ill. It’s much more likely to stem from a lack of social support and the loss of a life-long relationship. Make sure that your mom has friends and a social life.

7. ASK FOR HELP. Many of the issues of aging can be solved by providing parents with the support they need to continue to maintain their independence. Resources such as Area Agencies on Aging and local senior centers can help provide those solutions. If you are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, they can help with many resources.
Carolyn Lucz, Board Member

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