Are you too busy to attend an educational program? Audio Conference is designed for those who aren’t able to attend a program outside the home or office. Once registered, you will receive a toll-free telephone number with instructions through the mail. On the day of the conference, you will call-in and join many others who are seeking the latest information on memory loss.
Navigating the Divide: Effectively Communicating with Persons with Dementia
Dementia affects the way a person communicates both verbally and non-verbally- learn about both in this program designed to help you navigate the divide. Problem behaviors which act as barriers to effective communication will be addressed and techniques to manage them presented. Unspoken physical cues will be identified and methods to effectively address them discussed. Tools to better engage persons with dementia, thus increasing the person’s quality of life, will also be introduced.
Asking for Help - Accessing the Supports You Need
One of the greatest burdens of care-giving is the sense that you are doing it all on your own. Care-giving is isolating for many reasons - the overwhelming day-to-day demands make it difficult to seek out resources and find solutions. In addition, we may have internal obstacles that inhibit us from accessing our support network. We prize independence, we don't want to burden our children, and we may feel like we should be able to do it all. Explore ways to reach out for support, and the importance of sharing the journey with those who can help.
Music Therapy At Home, On Your Own
Have you ever noticed when a certain song comes on the radio, it can transport you to a different time in your life, or completely change your mood? Music can touch every person in some way and can be a powerful tool when caring for someone with dementia. Let this session remind you of the simple ways to keep music in your life as well as those in your care.
Understanding, Minimizing, and Responding to Behavioral Symptoms
The unpredictable behaviors of a person with dementia - such as agitation, aggression, sundowning and paranoia - can be some of the most stressful symptoms for caregivers to manage. Chances are the diagnosed individual feels distressed in these instances as well. This audio conference will explore reasons why individuals with dementia may exhibit challenging behaviors, how caregivers can help minimize these behaviors, and approaches to responding when such behaviors do occur.
Family Dynamics - What is Your Role?
By sharing her own story of shared caregiving, Gwen will address why a family needs to heal before they can provide care; why you should ask your doctor to write a prescription for a family meeting; how their ‘End of Life’ conversation became their guide book; tips for calming anxiety, anger; and how to let go with love and humor.
Beyond Medication - Therapies to Enhance Quality of Life
Did you know a wide range of therapies, other than medications, have been studied and found to be beneficial for persons with memory loss, even those with more advanced disease? Dr. Burgener will briefly describe these therapies within this program, including the stage of memory loss for which they are most appropriate.
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