July News and Events
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Healthy Mental Aging
      by Shelly Slaczka 
 
Our loved ones' bodies and minds change at certain ages.  Beginning in a person's 30s, the brain's weight, the network of nerves, and its blood flow begin to decrease.  However, the brain adapts and grows new patterns of nerve endings.  While certain changes in mental abilities are inevitable with age, much remains the same.  Your loved one retains their intellect, ability to change and be flexible.

Here are some ways to help keep a healthy mind:
  • Be physically active.
  • Keep blood pressure down.
  • Keep cholesterol levels low.
  • Eat vegetables.
  • Monitor medication.
  • Drink moderately.
  • Give up smoking.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Take care of teeth.
  • Keep mentally fit.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Protect brain.
  • Stay socially connected.
  • Positivity.
Forgetfulness is normal in older age; persistent memory loss is not.  Prolonged periods of sadness or depression are not normal with age.  If your loved one experiences any characteristics that are not normal for aging, discuss the symptoms with a physician.

 
HEALTH AFFAIRS ROUND TABLE

Next meeting on July 20, 2017
9:30 am - 11:00 am
You must become a member to attend.
 
Meeting Location:
7615 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
 
To register, click here or contact:
Shelly Slaczka
shelly@guidinglightsnc.org
919-371-2062
 



To register and learn more please about the Caregivers Summit click here.



   Thank you to everyone 
who volunteered & attended the 
Raleigh & Durham 
  Caregivers Summits    

Radio Show that Focuses on Caregiving Concerns
Did you know there is a radio show that can help you?


Caring Connections with your host Nicole Bruno on
97.9 WCHL.  Reaches mainly the  Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham County markets.   Listen in at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays.  Or you may find the pod casts of past shows by clicking  here.

If you have a caregiving question that you would love to have answered on air or if you have a topic you think we should cover please email: nicole@guidinglightsnc.org.





Do You Know Who I Am?
7.0 CEU Dementia Training
 
"Do You Know Who I Am?" is an Alzheimer's Disease training program for both family and professional caregivers. It is a participatory, interactive, and innovative approach to learning how to more  effectively  work with individuals with dementia, especially Alzheimer's. 


Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute

The Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute now offers the DHSR approved Nursing Assistant 1 (NA1) program.  We also have scholarships available to Raleigh residents who qualify.  For more information about this robust and interactive program, please click  here.
 
Information & Referral

Transitions GuidingLights is pleased to offer information and referrals to caregivers seeking resources for a loved one. Caregivers may drop in or call during regular business hours to receive personally tailored referrals to meet their specific care needs. Transitions GuidingLights provides referral services FREE of charge to family caregivers. Call (919) 371-2062 for help TODAY or  Click Here To Contact Us 

Awakening
Caring Matters
CPR/ AED

Transitions GuidingLights offers CPR, AED, and First Aid training.  This is a two year American Heart Association certification. Contact us if you would like to be certified.  
Interest In CPR

Awakening Program

The Awakening Program is a comprehensive life management program designed for individuals afflicted with dementia, especially Alzheimer's and their caregivers.

Caring Matters

Caring Matters is a 14 video series designed to educate you about the various aspects of caregiving.   Click Here For Videos

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Caring Connections

Caring Connections is a weekly radio show for caregivers about caregiving.  This show has entered its third year of production and can be heard locally on WCHL.  All shows are also available via podcast by clicking 
  



Lending Library

The Transitions GuidingLights lending library houses hundreds of books to aid caregivers in their journey as well as books that will help you to prepare to care.  For your convenience we also have a complete listing of our titles online which can be found  here.



Skills Lab

Transitions GuidingLights has a skills lab available. Are you unsure of how to provide assistance with activities of daily living for a loved one? If so, contact us and we would be glad to set up an appointment with one of our nurses who will work with you to practice the skills you need to become a more confident caregiver. Contact us by clicking  here.

Thank You!! Community Partners
   
         
 
   
       
  
 


3739 National Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27612 ยท 919.371.2062