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June/July 2018
Summer means graduations, weddings, family reunions and vacations. We CAN travel with loved ones with dementia and other special needs, but there are also good reasons why travel may not be advisable. Travel is a break from routine and unpredictable, full of potential pitfalls for the person with dementia and their caregivers. In the early stages a person may still enjoy travel; as the disease progresses travel may be too stressful or disorientating. Consider what is best for you and your loved one.

Planning and preparation are critical when traveling with a loved one with dementia. Travel with lists of medications, emergency contacts and legal documents. Be aware of the increased risk of wandering and make sure location trackers are in place and identification is on the person. Inquire about travel assistance in airports, on trains and cruise ships. Escort services, wheelchairs and other services are often available. A road trip may need to be broken into shorter drive days. With planning, travel can be a positive experience for both of you.

Why ?   
Caregivers experience the agony of “Why?” We want to know why dementia, brain injuries and other diseases are happening to our loved ones. My spouse is the picture of health, why is he so sick? There is no answer and we might get angry or depressed because of the “unfairness” of life. If we work through our feelings and pain we may be lucky enough to come to acceptance, and even be able to ask “Why not?” Our “why” may become: How do I face this with strength? Get help in the support groups at Elderhaus and in the community. You are not alone.             
Caregiver First Aid

A Good Laugh
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The moment may be all that is left for a dementia patient, so why not fill it with laughter? In the June issue of the AARP Bulletin, Dani Klein Modeisett tells the story of her Mother and her comedian companion. Her mother was withdrawn and isolating but playful, comical, banter engaged her and she was able to share the joke and laugh. Check out Elder Clowns , professional humor therapists on the Web. How could humor help you reach your loved one?
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You Are Not Alone
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Caregiver Groups

Life Transitions Grou p: 
Every Monday 1-3 is open Wednesday 9- 11 a.m. is currently full but we do have a waitlist. Location Elderhaus

FTD Caregivers: Second Tuesday Monthly 2:30-4 p.m. Dazbog on Cherry and Mason
June/July 2018
It’s Not Always Alzheimers
There are many types of dementia under the umbrella of dementia. Dementia is not a disease, it is a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities that are severe enough to interfere with normal activities of daily living. Alzheimers accounts for over half of all dementias, but with better diagnostic tools and awareness other dementias like Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia and Frontotemporal Dementia are being diagnosed more frequently. There are about 100 different dementias. Each type of dementia has unique characteristics and also presents unique challenges to caregivers. After we educate ourselves on what type of dementia our loved one has and how to address caregiving needs, we may find ourselves needing to educate family and friends too. Offering websites for information can be useful:
Lewy Body Dementia  lbda.org    
Vascular Dementia  mayoclinic.org   
Frontotemporal Dementia theaftd.org                          

Reach Out For Help
The Aging Clinic of the Rockies (ACOR). 970-491-6795. Located at CSU, ACOR is a non-profit mental health agency with a wealth of services for aging adults and caregivers. They offer caregiver support including 8 free counseling sessions for caregivers. Neuro-psychological testing is available to test memory, cognitive, executive and adaptive skills which are critical to assessing possible dementia. General mental health counseling is available. A unique peer counseling program matches seniors with trained paraprofessional seniors to share their journeys. Call them and they will be happy to tell you about all of their services.
Elderhaus is an adult day program empowering adults with special needs and their caregivers by providing safe, therapeutic activities, care and support.

   Call Danita or Joanne for more information. 970-221-0406
Elderhaus Adult Day Program, Inc.,
6813 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80525 
970-221-0406