Exercise for Persons with Dementia

Exercise helps keep their muscles, joints, and heart in good shape, while also helping maintain a healthy weight and promote good sleep.

Being active and getting exercise helps people with Alzheimer’s disease feel better.

Here are some tips to get started:
• Be realistic about how much activity can be done at one time. Several 10-minute “mini-workouts” may be best.
• Make sure the person with Alzheimer’s disease has an ID bracelet with your phone number if he or she walks alone.
• Break exercises into simple, easy-to-follow steps.
• Take a walk together each day. Exercise is good for caregivers, too!

Read this tip sheet to learn more about exercise and physical activity for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

End-of-life care options for people with Alzheimer’s

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Caring for someone in the final stage of life is always hard. It may be even harder when the person has Alzheimer’s disease.

Palliative care provides comfort care, along with any medical treatments a person might be receiving for a life-threatening illness. When a person is near the end of life, hospice care gives family members needed support and help with their grief, both before and after the person with Alzheimer’s dies.

Learn more about end-of-life care and Alzheimer’s disease by downloading the 2-page Caregiving Tips document from the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center.

Caregiver Tips: Managing Personality and Behavior Changes

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Personality and behavior changes are common with a dementia syndrome.  Such changes are a common cause for concern for caregivers.  The Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR) of the National Institute on Aging has created the following 2 page tip sheet to describe common personality and behavior changes along with providing some potential suggestions for how caregivers should manage the changes.  Please click the link below to access the tip sheet.

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CATCH-ON Online Educational Modules are Available!

CATCH-ON collaborators and partners, in consultation with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), older adults, family caregivers, and technical experts, developed online education modules for health and aging professionals and for lay learners that is person-centered and appropriate for a diverse older adult population.  The modules are free and you can receive 1 CE/CME/CNE. Our first set of basics modules cover the following topics, with versions for professionals, and for older adults/families:

  • Normal Aging
  • Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions
  • Evaluating Memory Concerns
  • Interprofessional Teams and Older Adults

Please visit CATCH-ON today to participate in our basics modules for professionals and for older adults and families.

2015 Caregiver Symposium October 15, 2015 Rockford, Illinois

Professional Solutions and Family Support

A unique conference offering valuable tools and resources to support the professional and lay caregiver.

A fast paced and interactive agenda designed for participants to gain the most current information on:

  • Empowering your health care
  • Compassionate care essentials
  • Elder abuse and self-neglect
  • Brain health and aging
  • Best self-care approaches

Where:  Wesley Willows Town Center, 4142 Johns Farm Road, Rockford, IL

When:  Thursday, October 15, 2015  8:00am to 4:30pm

More information:  Registration fee is $119 (includes lunch, refreshments, networking, exhibits and seven (7) Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Register at:  http://geroed.networkofcare4elearning.org/CourseDetail.aspx?pId=101188&OrgId=313