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December 2015
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In This Issue - December 2015

Minds in Motion - New Social Engagement* Program Available
Preventing Wandering and Making a Plan
Dementia Care Training for Family and Professional Caregivers
The Longest Day®
In the News…Lorain County Needs Assessment!


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Minds in Motion - New Social Engagement* Program Available 

The Cleveland Area Chapter is proud to announce a new social engagement program designed specifically for those with mild to moderate memory and thinking disorders and their loved ones. The goal of the program is to provide participants with engagement opportunities that enrich the mind, body, and soul in a comfortable social setting.

Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at the Alzheimer’s Association Beachwood office (23215 Commerce Park, Suite 300). Registration is required and space is limited. For more information please contact Taylor Young at 216.342.5589 or mailto:tyoung@alz.org

*Please note this program is intended for individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s or a related dementia to attend along with an adult family member or friend.

January 7th
Truffle Making
The Bom company will be teaching us how to make our very own truffles. Folks will be mixing ingredients and get to take home their yummy creations. Please note ingredients may include nuts.

February 4th
Watercolor Class
Local artist, Katy Richards, will be helping us explore our creative side through watercolor painting.

March 3rd
Yoga Class
Tim Huth, will be teaching a beginners yoga class. Yoga has been found to not only reduce blood pressure and chronic pain, but has also been shown to boost memory, focus, and coordination.

April 7th
Mediterranean Diet
Learn how to make a simple recipe from the Mediterranean diet. This way of eating that focuses on incorporating lots of vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and healthy fats has been shown to slow cognitive decline.

Please contact Taylor to see if this program is a good fit for you.


Preventing Wandering and Making a Plan

Six in 10 people with dementia will wander. A person with Alzheimer's may not remember his or her name or address, and can become disoriented, even in familiar places. Wandering among people with dementia is dangerous, but there are strategies and services to help prevent it.

Tips to prevent wandering

Wandering can happen, even if you are the most diligent of caregivers. Use the following strategies to help lower the chances:

  • Carry out daily activities.
    Having a routine can provide structure. 
  • Identify the most likely times of day that wandering may occur.
    Plan activities at that time. Activities and exercise can reduce anxiety, agitation and restlessness.
  • Reassure the person if he or she feels lost, abandoned or disoriented.
    If the person with dementia wants to leave to "go home" or "go to work," use communication focused on exploration and validation. Refrain from correcting the person. For example, "We are staying here tonight. We are safe and I'll be with you. We can go home in the morning after a good night's rest."
  • Ensure all basic needs are met.
    Has the person gone to the bathroom? Is he or she thirsty or hungry?
  • Avoid busy places that are confusing and can cause disorientation.
    This could be a shopping malls, grocery stores or other busy venues.
  • Place locks out of the line of sight.
    Install either high or low on exterior doors, and consider placing slide bolts at the top or bottom.
  • Camouflage doors and door knobs.
    Camouflage doors by painting them the same color as the walls, or cover them with removable curtains or screens. Cover knobs with cloth the same color as the door or use childproof knobs.
  • Use devices that signal when a door or window is opened.
    This can be as simple as a bell placed above a door or as sophisticated as an electronic home alarm.
  • Provide supervision.
    Never lock the person with dementia in at home alone or leave him or her in a car without supervision.
  • Keep car keys out of sight.
    A person with dementia may drive off and be at risk of potential harm to themselves or others.
  • If night wandering is a problem:
    Make sure the person has restricted fluids two hours before bedtime and has gone to the bathroom just before bed. Also, use night lights throughout the home.

Make a plan

The stress experienced by families and caregivers when a person with dementia wanders and becomes lost is significant. Have a plan in place beforehand, so you know what to do in case of an emergency. Begin search-and-rescue efforts immediately. Ninety-four percent of people who wander are found within 1.5 miles of where they disappeared. When someone with dementia is missing

  • Keep a list of people to call on for help.
    Have telephone numbers easily accessible.
  • Ask neighbors, friends and family to call if they see the person alone.
  • Keep a recent, close-up photo and updated medical information on hand to give to police.
  • Know your neighborhood.
    Pinpoint dangerous areas near the home, such as bodies of water, open stairwells, dense foliage, tunnels, bus stops and roads with heavy traffic.
  • Is the individual right or left-handed? 
    Wandering generally follows the direction of the dominant hand.
  • Keep a list of places where the person may wander.
    This could include past jobs, former homes, places of worship or a restaurant.
  • Provide the person with ID jewelry.
    Enroll the person in MedicAlert®+ Alzheimer's Association Safe Return®.
  • Consider having the person carry or wear an electronic tracking GPS device that helps manage location.
    Comfort Zone® and Comfort Zone Check-In®are two options.
  • If the person does wander, search the immediate area for no more than 15 minutes.
    Call "911" and report to the police that a person with Alzheimer's disease — a "vulnerable adult" — is missing. A Missing Report should be filed and the police will begin to search for the individual. In addition, a report should be filed with MedicAlert+ Alzheimer's Association Safe Return at 1.800.625.3780. First responders are trained to check with MedicAlert+ Alzheimer's Association Safe Return when they locate a missing person with dementia. You do not need to be enrolled in MedicAlert+ Alzheimer's Association Safe Return in order to file a missing report


Dementia Care Training for Family and Professional Caregivers

Don’t miss the Alzheimer Association Cleveland Area Chapter’s Dementia Care Training in 2016. The training is FREE and offered to both family and professional caregivers who provide care to those with dementia-related diseases.

The 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 to attendees. Please plan to bring a brown bag lunch. Registration is required at 800.272.3900.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
9:00am - 3:00pm
Cleveland Heights Community Center
1 Monticello Blvd
Cleveland Hts, 44118

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
10:00am - 4:00pm
CCPL– Strongsville Branch
18700 Westwood Drive
Strongsville, 44136

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Lake County Council on Aging
8520 East Ave.
Mentor, 44060

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
9:00am - 3:00pm
French Creek YMCA
2010 Recreation Lane
Avon, 44011

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Alzheimer’s Association Beachwood
23215 Commerce Park, Suite 300
Beachwood, 44122

Visit our website for more information at www.alz.org/cleveland.


Participate in The Longest Day®

To symbolize the challenging journey those living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia may face and the endurance of their caregivers, the Alzheimer’s Association has developed the annual The Longest Day® event to raise funds and awareness. Held annually on the summer solstice and during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in June, teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fundraise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease. To learn more contact Kayte Tuleta at ktuleta@alz.org or 216.342.5606.


In the News…Lorain County Needs Assessment!

A summary of the recent needs assessment for Lorain County was recently published in the Lorain Morning Journal and the Elyria Chronicle Telegram. Funding for the assessment was made possible through a very generous bequest made by Angelo LoPresti in honor of his wife, Frances, who had Alzheimer’s disease. The Cleveland Area Chapter looks forward to increasing its awareness, support and services to Lorain County residents in the years to come. Click here to view the assessment.

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.


Important Dates in 2016


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 more than 200 languages and dialects
  • Referrals to local community programs, services and ongoing support

Find more caregiving tips online here!


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