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Use the following articles and videos to help you make an informed decision. Please contact your Senior Advisor if you have questions.

Home Safety Checklist for Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease 

Tips to help keep your loved one with Alzheimer's Disease safe at home.

Anderson Cooper Interviews Tony Bennett 

Tony Bennett has Alzheimer's. This interview is a touching one and hopefully showcases the disease in a positive light. Adjust the conversation to support those with Alzheimer's Disease.

Home Safety Checklist for Alzheimer's Disease 

Use the following room-by-room checklist from the National Institute on Aging to alert you to potential hazards and to record any changes you need to make to help keep a person with Alzheimer’s disease safe. This article covers a wide range of safety concerns that may arise, and some modifications may never be needed. It is important, however, to re-evaluate home safety periodically as behavior and abilities change.

Dementia & Family Dynamics 

Presented by Stephanie Rutter, CDP, Business Development Specialist, Arden Courts Memory Care Communities The stress of caring for a loved with Dementia is immense and further exacerbated by past and present family dynamics. During this presentation, participants will learn dementia basics, how to communicate better in times of stress and discover ways to overcome disagreements related to a loved one’s care. Presented on August 13, 2020 at the Elderwerks Virtual Senior Fair

Advocating for a Loved One 

Presented by Loretta Woodward Veney, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Trainer at Elderwerks Senior Fair 2020

4 Ways to Respond When Something with Alzheimer's Keeps Repeating Questions 

Alzheimer's disease and other dementias cause problems with short-term memory. This can lead to repetitive behaviors. Learn ways to respond.

Arts and Crafts for People with Alzheimer's 

Caregiving for dementia patients requires a lot of patience, flexibility, and sticking to a scheduled routine. It’s not easy by a longshot, but helping a dementia patient feel more relaxed and less confused is important.

Preparing Your Home for a Loved One with Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's Guide 

Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5.4 million Americans, about 5.2 million of which are 65 and older. It can be your grandparent, your cousin, your sibling or even your parent who faces the diagnosis. Eventually, those with Alzheimer’s require round-the-clock care, and for many families, that means taking the loved one into their own home.

Alzheimer's Disease and Disaster Preparedness 

We seem to hear more and more about nature's extremes—hurricanes, tornados, forest fires, floods, blizzards, earthquakes, and more. When they cause severe disruption and threaten many people, they are natural disasters. People with Alzheimer's disease can be especially vulnerable in disaster situations. Their impaired memory and reasoning may severely limit their ability to cope. For caregivers, it is important to have a disaster plan that incorporates the special needs of the person with Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer’s: How to Pay and Plan Ahead 

Last year, Alzheimer's cost Americans billions of dollars in paid and informal care — and that number is growing. It's important to build a sound financial and legal plan.

Six Things Seniors Can Do to Improve Memory 

"What was it I was looking for in the fridge?" "What was it I was supposed to get at the store?" "What's your name again?" Most of us have had to ask questions like this, and it seems to happen more often as we get older. We can't turn back our biological clock, but there are things Seniors can do to reduce their amount of forgetting.

The New Breed of Service Dog: Canine Caregivers for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients 

There are approximately 5.3 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and millions more with some other form of dementia. New advancements are being made every year in the medical field to treat these conditions medically, but there are also studies behind a new form of treatment that supports the perks a “doctor” of the four-legged kind provides.

Nutrition for Alzheimer’s Disease 

While no special diet is required for people with Alzheimer’s disease—unless they have another condition, such as diabetes or hypertension or high cholesterol , that requires diet monitoring—eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet is extremely beneficial. With the proper diet, your body will work more efficiently, you’ll have more energy, and your medications will work properly. This article addresses the basics of good nutrition. Please consult your physician before making any changes to your diet.

Alzheimer’s Society: Exercise and Physical Activity 

Leading a physically active lifestyle can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of people with dementia. Exercise is beneficial for physical and mental health and may improve the quality of life for people in all stages of the condition.

Hospitalization Happens: A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss 

A trip to the hospital with a person who has memory loss or dementia can be stressful for both of you. This brochure from the Alzheimer's Association can relieve some of that stress by helping you prepare for both unexpected and planned hospital visits.

Sundowning Triggers Requires Adobe Reader

An overview of sundowning in seniors.

Warning Signs of Alzheimer's 

How to determine the difference between the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and normal behavior.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease Requires Adobe Reader

Early detection matters. Please review the following list from the Alzheimer's Association to determine whether you or your loved one needs help.

Free Comfort Care Guide by the Alzheimer's Association 

The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter is pleased offer this free resource, Encouraging Comfort Care: A Guide for Families of People with Dementia Living in Care Facilities. This 21-page booklet provides useful information to families and long-term care facilities personnel about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, particularly care issues related to the late and final stages.

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