Caring for a Person With Early Onset or Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Alzheimer's Care at Home, Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Caring for a Person Early Onset or Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Early Onset Alzheimer'sIf you are caring for a person younger than 65 years old who has been diagnosed with dementia, (this is called younger-onset or early onset Alzheimer’s), you not only face the caregiving challenges that all Alzheimer’s caregivers must deal with,  but you might face these issues as well:

Physical Condition

The person may be fit and strong, and not frail. This can make some daily care tasks more challenging. If the person with dementia becomes agitated or combative, this can create safety issues for both the caregiver and the care receiver.

Kids

If children or teems are living at home, they may have questions and concerns about the future.  The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, a not-for-profit organization in West Palm Beach, has a special Coaching for Kids™ program, as well as other programs and services to help kids and teens cope with Alzheimer’s disease.  You can reach them at 877-760-9199 or visit their site here.

The Reactions of Others

When a younger person has Alzheimer’s disease, their age and outward signs of a more youthful appearance can cause reactions such as “She doesn’t look sick”, “He can’t have Alzheimer’s”, or you may even hear “Oh, he’ll get better”.  These reactions can be very upsetting to the person with early onset or younger onset Alzheimer’s as well as to their caregiver.  Learning how to best respond to these remarks can help mitigate a stressful situation.

Employment

May people with younger onset or early onset Alzheimer’s disease continue to work for quite some time.  Changes in job performance or behavior may not be understood or addressed in the workplace.  The person may have to change jobs, reduce their work hours, retire early or resign.  This may leave a big gap in the family’s income and deplete retirement benefits.  Meeting with a trusted Financial Adviser, as soon as possible, can be invaluable!

Paying for Alzheimer’s Care

Insurance and other benefits may be more difficult to get to help pay for care. Almost 1/3 of people with younger onset dementia have no health insurance, creating a significant financial strain. If the person is mot covered by Medicare, Medicaid or an employee plan, they may not be able to afford health care and other essential living expenses.

Contact the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center’s 24 Hour Caregiver Line at 877-760-9199 for specific guidance and support.

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Being a Healthy Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Alzheimer's Care at Home, Alzheimer's Caregiver, Caregiver Health

Being a Healthy Caregiver

Healthy CaregivingCaring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease take a tremendous amount of emotional and physical strength. You may be so overwhelmed by taking care of your loved one that you have neglected your own well-being.

If you find yourself without the time to take care of your own needs, you may be putting yourself and your health at risk.

Be sure to visit your physician regularly, and listen to what your body is telling you. Any exhaustion, stress, sleeplessness or changes in appetite or behavior should be taken seriously. Ignoring these symptoms can cause your physical and mental health to decline.

Studies show that almost one-third of Alzheimer’s caregivers get less exercise than they did before taking on caregiving duties. It’s important to keep your mind and your body in shape.

Get moving! Getting enough exercise is important for you and your loved one.  You can get a quick workout and involve the person with dementia at the same time.  There are plenty of ways you can both be active:

  • Take a walk together outside to enjoy the fresh air
  • Go to your favorite mall and take a stroll indoors
  • Do seated exercises at home
  • Dance together to favorite music
  • Garden or do other routine activities that you both enjoy

For more information on Alzheimer’s and dementia care in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton or Palm Beach Gardens, call 561-588-4545

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Alzheimer’s Care Boca Raton – Help for Alzheimer’s Families

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Alzheimer's Care at Home, Alzheimer's Care Boca Raton, Alzheimer's Care Resource Center, Alzheimer's Help

Alzheimer’s Care Boca Raton – Help for Alzheimer’s Families

Alzheimer's Care Boca RatonFinding Alzheimer’s Care in Boca Raton and help for Alzheimer’s families is available through a local 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that serves as the first point of contact for Alzheimer’s caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center provides caregivers and families of those diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or other memory disorder, with help including Alzheimer’s resources and Alzheimer’s information.

Alzheimer’s Care Services and Programs in Boca Raton Community

The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center serves the entire Alzheimer’s community in Boca Raton by providing Alzheimer’s care services and programs that include:

  • Caregiver Support Groups
  • Geriatric Care Management Services Boca Raton
  • Geriatric Assessments
  • Geriatric Care Plans
  • Long-term care planning
  • Alzheimer’s care community referrals – private duty home care, in home care and senior care services in Boca Raton and legal and financial assistance
  • Counseling and coaching services
  • Alzheimer’s training and education

To learn more about Alzheimer’s Care Boca Raton – Help for Alzheimer’s Families, call 855-476-7600

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Dementia Help in West Palm Beach

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Alzheimer's Care at Home, Alzheimer's Help, Dementia

Dementia Care West Palm Beach

Dementia Help in West Palm Beach

When it comes time to find dementia help in West Palm Beach, it’s important for caregivers of those diagnosed with dementia to know where to turn.

For dementia caregivers seeking help in the West Palm Beach area, the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, a local not-for-profit organization, serves as their first point of contact. Their geriatric care managers specialize in dementia and helping caregivers get the dementia help they need.

Helping caregivers manage the difficult task of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other neurocognitive disorder means making sure that caregivers can access the best dementia in home care services and other community based services for dementia patients.

Dementia caregiving isn’t easy and caregivers most often ask the geriatric care managers to help them find help with:

Respite Care for Dementia Caregivers

Dementia help includes arranging respite care for dementia caregivers. Respite care enables family caregivers to take some time for themselves, knowing that the person with dementia is receiving excellent care and supervision.

Help with Personal Care – Bathing, Grooming and Hygiene

When dementia caregivers need help with their  loved ones personal care needs, they want to make sure that the care receiver is treated with dignity and respect at all times.  It’s also so important that the dementia patient be encouraged to perform as many self-care tasks as they can, on their own. A well trained in home care worker or private duty nurses aide or CNA/HHA that is trained in helping care for dementia patients is critical.

Help Managing Medication for Dementia Patients

Managing medications for dementia patients does not only include safe medication compliance, but also includes helping to manage behavioral issues, such as the dementia patients refusal to take the medications.

Help with Daily Living for Dementia Patients

Caregivers seeking dementia help at home also need help with day-to-day daily living responsibilities.  Doing the laundry, preparing a nutritious meal, running errands,  cognitive stimulation and activities for the dementia patient, and performing other light housekeeping tasks all help to reduce stress on dementia caregivers.

Dementia Help in West Palm Beach 24 Hours Per Day

Getting dementia help means knowing you can get help 24 hours per day. 7 days per week. 365 days per year. The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center has a 24 hour Dementia Caregiver Line that is a life-line for caregivers and families of those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton and throughout South Florida.

The Benefits of Dementia Help

Some of the benefits of dementia help for  dementia caregivers and dementia care receivers include:

  • Reduced dementia caregiver stress
  • Reduced patient hospitalizations
  • Reduced feelings of depression in caregiver and care receiver
  • Delay of long-term care placement
  • Improved quality of life for caregiver and care receiver.

For Dementia Help in West Palm Beach call 855-476-7600
24 hours per day. 7 days per week. 365 days per year.
You are never alone!

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17 Things Caregivers Can Do When A Loved One Is Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Alzheimer's Caregiver, Caregiver Support, Caring for the Caregiver

17 Things To DoWhen someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to recognize that Alzheimer’s will affect the whole family, and in particular, you, the primary caregiver.

Here are 17 things caregivers can do when their loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease:

  1. Get help as soon as possible. Call the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center for a free consultation with an experienced Alzheimer’s Care Manager or Registered Nurse Consultant at 561-588-4545
  2. Seek adult daycare services.
  3. Take care of yourself
  4. Recognize that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s exacts a toll.
  5. Do your best to avoid conflict.
  6. Keep a journal.  It’s a good place to describe feelings and record memories.
  7. Create a Storybook or Heritage Book of your loved one’s life.
  8. Attend a support group or seek online counseling and guidance.
  9. Plan ahead.
  10. Read.
  11. Laugh.  Keep your sense of humor.
  12. Take time for yourself. Utilize respite services.
  13. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  14. Appreciate the small stuff.
  15. Remember that you are going through a grieving process.
  16. Breathe deeply.
  17. Don’t give up doing the things you enjoy.
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