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Caring for Yourself as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Being a caregiver can be extremely rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming. Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia takes time and effort. It can feel lonely and frustrating, so it is important to find time to take care of yourself. Consider these tips: Find more ways you can care forContinue reading “Caring for Yourself as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver”

Self-Care for Caregivers

Being a caregiver can be extremely rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming. It’s not uncommon to feel lonely or frustrated with everyone around you, from the care recipient to the doctors. That’s why taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver. Here are a fewContinue reading “Self-Care for Caregivers”

Join UChicago Medicine Virtual Grand Rounds: Memory Loss, Caregiving, & Navigating Resources During a Pandemic

The UChicago Medicine Virtual Community Grand Rounds with Dr. Doriane Miller is tomorrow evening at 6pm. (This is designed to follow our March 5th WVON 1690AM UCM Community Health Hour radio segment – livestream recorded here on the March 5 post). (See agenda attached and below for speaker lineup). Tomorrow, Thursday, March 17th, is the virtual Community GrandContinue reading “Join UChicago Medicine Virtual Grand Rounds: Memory Loss, Caregiving, & Navigating Resources During a Pandemic”

UGEC Fireside Chat Presentation Today at 11am, CST: Working with Older Adults and Their Caregivers

Presented by the Utah Geriatric Education Consortium (UGEC), this session will focus on assessment techniques, skills and tips when working with older adults and their caregivers. Join today at 11:00 AM, CST. Click here for the Zoom meeting link.

Volunteers Needed for Clinical Trials and Registries on Alzheimer’s, FTD, Brain Health, Caregiving

Interested in volunteering for research on Alzheimer’s, related dementias, and cognitive health? Search for clinical trials and studies near you with NIA’s Clinical Trials Finder. New and featured studies Click on the trial name for details, including contact information. Caregivers Online Support and Skills Training for Dementia Caregivers (Austin, TX) Skills Training for LGBT Dementia Caregivers (Atlanta, GA) Drugs Continue reading “Volunteers Needed for Clinical Trials and Registries on Alzheimer’s, FTD, Brain Health, Caregiving”

From the NIA: Help Us Improve Dementia Care and Caregiving

Evidence review on dementia care and caregiving intervention now available for public comment Melinda Kelley, Director, NIA Office of Legislation, Policy, and International Activities (OLPIA) In 2018, NIA embarked on a collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to assess care andContinue reading “From the NIA: Help Us Improve Dementia Care and Caregiving”

Dementia, Emergency Preparedness, and COVID-19

by Susan Frick, MSW, LSW Living in the time of COVID-19 is a lesson in planning for everyone. Each of us are now having to think about the well-being and safety of ourselves, other family members and the greater community. Being the caregiver of someone with dementia has always taken planning. To successfully manage, caregiversContinue reading “Dementia, Emergency Preparedness, and COVID-19”

#WordsOfComfort: Staying connected during this time of uncertainty.

Dementia Friendly works to bring communities together to support those living with dementia and to empower community members around them. Now during the spread of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, we are all feeling more lonely and disconnected. If you are living with or caring for someone with dementia that feeling is evenContinue reading “#WordsOfComfort: Staying connected during this time of uncertainty.”

Helping a Parent Who is a Caregiver

A primary caregiver—especially a spouse—may be hesitant to ask for help or a break. Be sure to acknowledge how important the caregiver has been for the care recipient. Also, discuss the physical and emotional effects caregiving can have on people. Although caregiving can be satisfying, it also can be very hard work. Here are someContinue reading “Helping a Parent Who is a Caregiver”