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Registration Open for AARP Caregiving Conference

This annual event, sponsored by AARP Illinois and community partners provides vital information, resources, support services, and self-care workshops for Latino family caregivers. Register online at: https://events.aarp.org/…/30187f0f-3cdc-4943…/register

Managing Medicines for a Person with Alzheimer’s disease

People with Alzheimer’s disease may take medicines to treat the disease, mood or behavior changes, or other medical conditions. They may need help keeping track of their medicines and taking them at the right time. As a caregiver, you can take steps to ensure medicines are taken safely and correctly. Consider these tips: Learn moreContinue reading “Managing Medicines for a Person with Alzheimer’s disease”

What Types of Care are Available for a Person With Dementia?

A person with dementia will need more care as symptoms worsen over time. Problems with memory, thinking, and behavior often present challenges for those with dementia as well as for their family members. Whether the disease is in early or late stages, there are support systems, resources, and services that can help. Several different typesContinue reading “What Types of Care are Available for a Person With Dementia?”

3 Ways to Help a Parent With Caregiving Responsibilities

Caring for an older family member often requires teamwork. A primary caregiver — especially a parent — may be hesitant to ask for help or a break. A few ways you can help are: Provide emotional and moral support. Acknowledge how important the caregiver has been and discuss the physical and emotional effects of caregiving.Continue reading “3 Ways to Help a Parent With Caregiving Responsibilities”

5 Mealtime Tips for a Person With Alzheimer’s disease

Meals can be a challenging time for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. However, there are steps caregivers can take to help make mealtimes successful. Consider these tips: Serve meals in a consistent, familiar place and way whenever possible. Offer just one food at a time instead of filling the plate or table withContinue reading “5 Mealtime Tips for a Person With Alzheimer’s disease”

What Types of Care are Available for a Person with Dementia?

A person with dementia will need more care as symptoms worsen over time. Problems with memory, thinking, and behavior often present challenges for those with dementia as well as for their family members. Whether the disease is in early or late stages, there are support systems, resources, and services that can help. Several different typesContinue reading “What Types of Care are Available for a Person with Dementia?”

Mantener a la persona con Alzheimer segura

Protección en el hogar Con el tiempo, las personas con Alzheimer van perdiendo la habilidad de hacer las tareas del hogar. Por ejemplo, pueden olvidar: Apagar el horno o la llave de agua Cómo utilizar el teléfono en una emergencia Distinguir qué cosas en el hogar son peligrosas, tales como medicamentos o productos de limpieza Dónde estánContinue reading “Mantener a la persona con Alzheimer segura”

Making the Bathroom Safer for a Person with Alzheimer’s

People with Alzheimer’s may need help with daily tasks, such as using the bathroom, as the disease progresses. As a caregiver, you can take steps to make the person’s home a safer place and avoid accidents. To help reduce bathroom hazards, consider these tips: Use a plastic shower stool and a hand-held showerhead to makeContinue reading “Making the Bathroom Safer for a Person with Alzheimer’s”

End of Life: How to be There for a Person with Dementia

Dementia is a disease that causes the gradual loss of thinking, remembering, and reasoning abilities, and eventually leads to death. However, even in the advanced stages of dementia, a person can benefit from emotional and spiritual help. Two different ways to support a person with dementia are through: Sensory connections: Targeting someone’s senses, including hearing, touch,Continue reading “End of Life: How to be There for a Person with Dementia”