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In This Issue - December 2014

Care Consultation provides ongoing support throughout the journey of Alzheimer’s
Marcy Seidel to help new volunteers at the Cleveland Area Chapter
Memory Day – save the date – April 15, 2015
Watch “Healthy Cognitive Aging” online
Learn how to take care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease

Let us be your direct link to help with Alzheimer’s
When you have a question about Alzheimer’s disease or what to do in caring for a loved one with the disease, please call or email us:
800.272.3900
cleveland-helpline@alz.org

Quick Link: Upcoming educational classes for caregivers

 

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Care Consultation provides ongoing support throughout the journey of Alzheimer’s

How a simple call can help you cope

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can be a rewarding but sometimes challenging experience.  The many twists and turns that occur from the point of diagnosis throughout the disease can sometimes leave a caregiver frustrated, lonely, and looking for direction to help sort things out.  The Alzheimer’s Association understands these challenges and knows that being there to listen and assist with problem solving can make all the difference.

For Patty*, a caller to the Helpline earlier this year, this assistance came at just the right time.   Patty, who is caring for her mother with dementia, reached out to the Alzheimer’s Association to get some information about how to keep her mom safe in her home.  Patty’s mom was living alone in a home that she raised her children in and did not want to leave. 
Patty was trying to keep her mom in the home, but was finding it difficult to provide the increasing support she needed while raising her own children and working full-time.   During the conversation, several areas were identified that were concerning Patty.  She could see that her mom was having more trouble taking care of her own hygiene and needed more help with medications and meal preparation.   Patty was also concerned that her mom slept a lot in the afternoon and was trying to find ways to stay active during the day.

Through the Care Consultation program, Patty was connected with her own Care Consultant, who learned about her situation and provided her with step-by-step suggestions and information to address each area that she was concerned about.   The Care Consultant created a checklist that Patty used to keep track of her progress in completing the steps, which was both helpful and manageable to an already very busy lady. 

“The Care Consultation program is designed to meet the individual needs of each caregiver we serve,” says Jeff Reech, Care Consultation Coordinator at the Alzheimer’s Association.  “Each situation is different and we do not take a one-size-fits-all approach to our work.  We really strive to take the extra steps to develop relationships and provide the ongoing support that helps a caregiver be successful.”

Now six month later, Patty has done many things to help her mom stay at home.  She now portions out meals in labeled containers to help her mom with food preparation.  She has created a medication and calendar chart in the kitchen to provide hygiene reminders and to track her mother’s medication dosages.

Patty is also looking into a local day center that her mom can attend a couple times a week to provide a change of pace and much needed activity.  And most importantly, Patty has a trusted advisor in her Care Consultant who regularly checks in with her, provides support, ideas and sometimes just a listening ear.

“I feel like I have a direction now.” Patty says.  “Before I was just guessing about what to do, spending a lot of time researching options on my own.  Now my Care Consultant helps me each step of the way, and as things change with my mom it is a very comforting feeling to know I have someone I can count on.”

For more information about the Care Consultation program, please contact the Helpline at 800-272-3900.

*Client names have been changed to protect confidentiality.

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Marcy Seidel to help new volunteers at the Cleveland Area Chapter

There are exciting changes happening in the world of volunteerism at the Cleveland Area Chapter!

We now have Marcy Seidel on staff as a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator to match volunteers with their areas of interest. Marcy led a similar program at Make A Wish Foundation in Memphis.

Our volunteers are passionate, inspired and want to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Whether you can spare a few hours a week or can make a more significant time commitment, please consider becoming an Alzheimer's Association volunteer. Volunteers help the Cleveland Area Chapter with a wide variety of tasks depending on their interest. This ranges from fundraising activities, staffing events, health fairs, support groups, office projects and advocacy communication with our area's legislators.

To sign up, download the volunteer application here. All new volunteers attend an information session to learn more about the organization and the volunteer opportunities they may be able to help with.

For more information, click here or contact Marcy Seidel at mseidel@alz.org or 216-342-5596.

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Memory Day – save the date – April 15, 2015

Save the date! Memory Day 2015 will take place on Wednesday, April 15 at the state capital in Columbus.

Memory Day is the longest-running and most successful Alzheimer’s advocacy event in Ohio and across the Nation. Memory Day offers participants the unique opportunity to meet other Alzheimer’s advocates from across Ohio as well as share their personal stories and concerns related to Alzheimer’s disease with their elected representatives at the state level.

If you would like to attend, please contact Sarah Sobel, at cleveland-advocacy@alz.org or 800.272.3900.

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Watch “Healthy Cognitive Aging” online

Did you miss the Foley Lecture this year?  Kristine Yaffe, MD, presented Healthy Cognitive Aging: Lifestyle Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Dementia at our annual Foley Lecture in November.  The lecture is now available on our Youtube Channel.

Up to half of all Alzheimer’s disease cases could be due to factors which include cognitive and physical activity, sleep quality, cardiovascular risk factors and depression.

Watch and learn more HERE

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Learn how to take care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease

Dementia Care Training classes are free!
 
Dementia Care Training is a FREE program for both family and professional caregivers who provide care to those with dementia-related diseases. This program provides an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, teaches effective communication techniques, gives ideas on how to engage those with cognitive problems, and provides strategies for managing challenging behavior. Four social work CEUs are available. Class takes place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please plan to bring a brown bag lunch. Register by calling 800.272.3900.

Upcoming dates for Dementia Care Training

December 08, 2014
Geauga Department on Aging
12555 Ravenwood Drive, Chardon

March 17, 2015
Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center
1 Monticello Blvd, Cleveland Heights

April 16, 2015
Lake County Council on Aging
8520 East Avenue, Mentor

May 19, 2015
Lorain County Office on Aging
320 North Gateway Boulevard - 2nd Floor, Elyria

Find a Support Group

Support groups are an open gathering of people with common issues, needs and interests who come together to share their thoughts and experiences to better cope with and manage the challenges of dementia.

Alzheimer’s Association support groups are available throughout the United States.

Find a support group anywhere in the country.

Our Helpline is here for you 24/7

Call (800) 272-3900

The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call us toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900.

Our 24/7 Helpline serves people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and the public. Highly trained and knowledgeable staff can help you with:

  • Understanding memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's
  • Medications and other treatment options
  • General information about aging and brain health
  • Skills to provide quality care and to find the best care from professionals
  • Legal, financial and living-arrangement decisions

Our 24/7 Helpline also features:

  • Confidential care consultation that can help with decision-making, provide support, crisis assistance and education on issues families face every day
  • Help in a caller's preferred language using our translation service that features over 170 languages and dialects
  • Referrals to local community programs, services and ongoing support

Find more caregiving tips online here!


 

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