Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative Program Overview: In this program overview, we will cover NYSDOH grant and the five core areas of service of the Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative: Education & Training, Respite, Project Lifesaver, Care Consultation, and Support Groups & Memory Cafes.
Dementia: What Does it Mean?: Reviews the differences between aging and dementia. In addition, we talk about four different forms of dementia: Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Bodies with Dementia and Frontotemporal Dementia.
Book: Understanding Alzheimer’s: A First Time Caregiver’s Plan
Stages of Dementia: What a Caregiver Can Expect: This workshop will provide information to caregivers about the three stages of dementia: early, middle, and later. It will provide strategies on how caregivers can assist and support their loved one during each stage.
Book: Coach Broyles Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
Just Diagnosed, What’s Next?: Reviews what to do if you or a loved one gets a diagnosis of dementia. We talk about feelings you may be having, and how to talk to your family and friends about the diagnosis. We learn about the next steps for home safety, driving and financial planning. We also discuss how caregivers can step into their new role in the person’s life.
Book: Help is Here: When Someone You Love has Dementia
Creating a Strong Care Team: We talk about why having a care team is important and what it can do for the primary caregiver. We discuss how to ask for help, some people who can be on the care team and the different tasks they can do to help. We also talk about how to have a family meeting.
Book: The Caregiver’s Journey, Building Your Care Team
Advance Directives and Financial Planning: Reviews different parts of advanced planning and why they are important to think about early. We also talk about the different pieces of advanced planning such as wills, advanced directives and power of attorneys.
Book: 5 Wishes
Caregiver Quality of Life and Self Care: We discuss feelings that caregivers could have at any time about their situation and how to cope with those feelings. We talk about stress management and self talk. Also, how to ask for help. We review how to keep yourself healthy, too.
Book: Creating Moments of Joy
Family Dynamics and Caregiving: This workshop will review family dynamics and how they can affect caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia. Participants will learn strategies that will help them have more success with family members and reduce caregiver burden.
Finding Meaningful Activities: Learn how to plan activities with your loved one. We discuss how to break them down so your loved one can understand them. Also, learn some examples of activities your loved one may enjoy.
Books: Activities to Do with Your Parent Who has Alzheimer’s Dementia and Color Your Mind
Planning for Future Care: Learn about the different levels of care and how each one can be helpful. We discuss hospital stays, and both planned and emergency visits. We talk about home care, assisted living care, nursing homes and hospice. We also learn about how to pay for long-term care.
Book: 36 Hour Day
Caregiving and the Holidays: The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone. When the task of caregiving for a person with memory loss is added, the holidays can become even more difficult. This training will review caregiver stress and how to make the holidays less stressful. Some tips will be reviewed for preparing other family members on the changes the person with dementia may experience.
Book: Chicken Soup for the Soul, Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias
Regional Coordinator for Education and Training Services
Kristen Fleming (518)564-2049