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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?”

Register Now! SIU Dementia Caregiving 101 Seminar

Dementia Caregiving 101 An eight-week session for dementia caregivers to find support and learn more about caring for loved ones with memory loss Join the Smith Alzheimer’s Center at SIU Medicine for an educational series of what to expect when caring for those with dementia or memory loss. Starting Tuesday, August 2, Dementia Caregiving 101Continue reading “Register Now! SIU Dementia Caregiving 101 Seminar”

What are Adult Day Services?

What are Adult Day Services? (ADS) ADS’s are community-based programs designed to support adults with physical and/or cognitive limitations who may need supervised care in a safe place outside the home. ADS’s also can provide support services to older adults who want to avoid the risks of social isolation and loneliness. ADS’s as well mayContinue reading “What are Adult Day Services?”

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”