Support Groups | Summer 2017 Newsletter

The Beautiful Stuff, Too By Abby Nathanson, Director of Support Groups ### They’re totally free. “When I go on vacation, my brain just shuts off, I don’t think about my mom or the dementia at all,” a member of my support group recently said. She was trying to convince another group member to take a vacation, as he hadn’t been away in several years and the stress was taking its toll on his wellbeing. She was concerned about how he was coping. Other group members chimed in with similar experiences. He said thank you, but didn’t make eye contact and continued to look dejected. Another member n [...]

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Together We Care | Summer 2017 Newsletter

### Connecting Professional Caregivers to the Families Who Need Them **By Amy Torres, Director of Training** Most individuals that receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, at some point, will require the assistance of a professional caregiver at home. Friends and family members supporting someone with cognitive impairment may feel overwhelmed at the thought of having to hire and introduce someone new into the home. Not only is hiring a professional caregiver a sign that the person’s deficits may be increasing but the introduction of a new individual in the home may be simply t [...]

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Social Work Services | Summer 2017 Newsletter

The Power of One-On-One Human Interaction By Anne M. Foerg, Director of Social Work Tom was a proactive caregiver to his wife, Lynette, who had been diagnosed in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease in late 2015. Several months after retiring from her job as a bookkeeper, Lynette noticed that she was having trouble managing the couple’s checkbook as she always had. She also had difficulty keeping track of the plans that she made with family and friends, as spending more time with those closest to her was something she had looked forward to after retirement. These uncharacteristic changes p [...]

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Wanderer's Safety Program | Summer 2017 Newsletter

### Low-Tech Identification Bracelet Saves Lives **By Elizabeth Bravo Santiago, Director of Wanderer's Safety Program** It’s a fact that six out of ten people with dementia will wander at some point during the disease. A person with Alzheimer’s or dementia may not remember his or her name or address and can easily become disoriented in familiar places. Although it may seem that a person is just wandering around aimlessly they are often trying to go somewhere for a specific reason or purpose. It is very important that we allow persons who have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s to remain as independen [...]

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Dear Helpline | Summer 2017 Newsletter

By Stephanie Aragon, Director of Helpline "I took over caregiving responsibilities for my father eight months ago. I visit your website a few times a month to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and how to care for my dad. I recently switched jobs and now will frequently travel between Chicago and New York. How can I continue to manage my father’s care when I am out of town? — Howard" Dear Howard, Long distance caregiving can sometimes be challenging but there are several ways to make it a bit easier. It is helpful to try to keep in direct contact with your dad by phone as often as possibl [...]

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