Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, affects six million people in the United States and Canada.
If you are helping a loved one cope with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you are not alone. Over 15 million family members provide some level of Alzheimer’s or dementia care. Dementia progressively weakens an individual’s cognitive abilities, causing memory loss and physical decline.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be a physically and emotionally draining experience. As symptoms progress, individuals with Alzheimer’s will require around-the-clock safety monitoring and support with lifestyle and household activities. In addition, the personality changes, memory loss, and irritability associated with the condition can take a psychological toll on family members who are watching their loved ones decline.
61% of family caregivers have reported significant emotional stress and 43% have reported physical stress from caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Patient Guide
We are presenting a 3-Part CEU Webinar Series this fall on the topic of Alzheimer’s and Dementia in partnership with the American Society on Aging.
The remaining two sessions for our CEU Webinars are:
Recreational and Social Activities: Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Dementia
Tuesday, November 6th at 11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern
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Cognitive and Sensory Activities: Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Dementia
Tuesday, December 4th at 11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern
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Professionals will take a short survey online after the webinar and then will receive one hour of CEU credit through the ASA. If a senior care professional is unable to participate in the live webinar but would still like to obtain CEUs, a recorded version will be available online for 30 days after the live presentation. Pre-registration is required to access the recorded webinars.
Warning Signs You May Need Home Care
- Complex care needs: Especially as symptoms progress, the needs of your loved one may be too much for you to manage alone. Many individuals with Alzheimer’s require 24-hour observation and care, keep unusual or reversed schedules, and become completely dependent on physical support. If you find that you are awake and caregiving at all hours of the day, have difficulty with physical tasks such as transferring, or feel unequipped to respond to behavioral changes, a professional caregiver from a home care agency can be an invaluable resource.
- Overwhelming demands on your time: You may be balancing family, career, and social responsibilities on top of caregiving. Often, personal time is de-prioritized to the detriment of your physical, emotional, and mental health.
- Increased personal anxiety and stress: If you begin to feel regular anxiety, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, and other symptoms of stress or depression, you may require respite. In fact, over half of family caregivers report clinically significant symptoms of depression. A caregiver can ensure safety for your loved one and give you time to recuperate and address personal needs.