August  2019

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Our newsletter is filled with information on some of the wonderful programs and services we offer to caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other memory impairment.  

This month we will be bringing you some great tips via our Monday Mojo and Wednesday Workshops! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel so you don't miss a thing!  And remember to check-out our Events Calendar and our Support Groups Calendar.
 
As always, our team is here to help ~ whenever you are ready to reach-out! 
How Do You Know if You Need a Care Manager?
Are you the type of caregiver who juggles a career, family needs and caregiving responsibilities at the same time? Do you live in a different state or too far away from your loved one to care for them and their everyday needs? Are you constantly wondering what going on with your loved one's health condition?

If you answered yes to any of those questions then you may want to look into care management services. Services from a care manager should be something that every family takes advantage of, but in reality, very few families use them.

Care managers can go a long way towards helping your family find better and more efficient ways of providing care for your loved one. It's a simple concept. A family can hire a professional advisor to act as a guide as they navigate the maze of long-term care.

 
Submit Your Questions to info@alzpb.org

Warmly,











Elayne Forgie
Founder, President & CEO


The Sandwich Generation
Sandwich Generation Month is an annual commemoration and celebration of the dedication, patience and caring of adults who are part of the sandwich generation - those caring for their children as well as their own aging parents.
 
As our parents get older and begin to lose their independence, many will turn to their adult children to help them navigate the complicated and costly world of long-term care.
 
Yet for adult children already caring for young kids of their own, this new role of "caregiver" can be a difficult one to assume.  It's no wonder this group of people is known as the "Sandwich Generation" as they are literally 'sandwiched' between the pressures of raising a family, holding down a job and managing mom or dad's growing medical and financial needs.
 
As tempting as it is for Sandwich Generation Kids to bury their heads in the sand and deal with long-term care issues as they arise, failing to plan far enough ahead can cause your family to miss out on important benefits, long-term care opportunities and the ability to stay in control during mom or dad's final years.  Here are 5 planning steps to help ensure your parents are afforded the most protection, flexibility and financial security during their golden years:
 
1. Find out if your parents have an estate plan - and whether it's been updated in the past 5 years - The will, trust, powers of attorney and health care directives your parents created years ago may not reflect their current wishes and long-term care needs now. Find out what they have in place and have it reviewed to ensure their documents have stayed up to date as their life and the law has changed through the years.
 
2. Determine how you'll pay for long- term care - Nursing home and assisted living facilities can cost up to $8,000 a month and Medicare will not pick up the tab. In-home care can be equally burdensome for the average family. Medicaid may pay, provided you are hovering around poverty level. The only other option is pay out of pocket-unless, of course, you plan ahead. By acting in advance and not waiting until your hands are tied in a crisis, tools such as long-term care insurance, trusts and annuities may be available to help your parents pay for their care without losing everything they've worked so hard for.
 
3. Get the legal authority now to manage their affairs and maintain control - If your parents do not have a powers of attorney or health care directives that allow you to communicate with doctors, access medical records and manage their financial affairs, it's a good idea to create them now while mom or dad is still in good health. Otherwise, if a sudden medical crisis strikes or your parents no longer have mental capacity to sign legal documents down the road, you'll be forced to petition a court for control.
 
4. Document their end-of-life wishes - Thousands of families each year are torn apart trying to decide what their loved one "would have wanted" in serious medical situations. Avoid the stress and conflict by asking your parents their wishes about things such as life support, feeding tubes, organ donation, etc. and legally document their choices to ensure everyone is on the same page.
 
5. Get organized to avoid last minute scrambling - Gather your parent's important information now to avoid any confusion and delays in the event of a medical emergency. Some important documents to collect would include their insurance information, front and back of all ID cards including driver's license, prescription cards and military ID card, prior medical history, names and numbers of doctors, copies of their living will, health care directives and a list of current medication and doses.
 
By being proactive and planning for these issues in advance, you can help make sure your parents always receive the care they need without worry or financial struggle. You'll further avoid many costly legal headaches that adult children face when they are not prepared for their parent's incapacity or ongoing care needs. It's never too early to get started, so talk to an estate and elder attorney to determine the best ways to protect your parents, their assets and your own sanity during the golden years.


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Counseling by Licensed Psychotherapists
The Alzheimer's Care Resource Center offers psychotherapy and counseling services through licensed psychotherapists experienced in working with those living with, and caring for, someone with Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other neurocognitive disorder.
 
The decision to seek counseling is an important step. Too often, people don't get help because they feel ashamed, guilty, or embarrassed. By deciding to get help, you make the choice to feel better and improve your life. 
 
Counseling services should be chosen with care so that you find something that best meets your needs. Working with a trained mental health care provider, you can develop the right treatment plan; learn good coping skills and better manage communication, stress and anxiety.


Medicare and Private Pay Accepted. To learn more, call (561) 588-4545.
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Paint for Fun Class for Caregivers & Loved Ones

 

   The Alzheimer's Care Resource Center will host

a monthly Paint for Fun™ class on 

Friday, August 16, 2019

from 10:00am - 12:00pm

 

There is no charge to attend!

 

Working step by step, with our instructor, you will create your very own masterpiece. During the painting class, participants will enjoy upbeat music, snacks, and refreshments in a fun and cheerful environment. 

 

When complete, all participants can keep their painting as a souvenir. Come join the fun! 


 

No experience needed! Space is limited. 
To register, 
call (561) 588-4545.
Become a Comforting Companion

Would you like a rewarding job as a caregiver where you can make a difference in someone's life? Do you know someone who enjoys working with the elderly?

We are currently looking for caring, kind, dependable and personable individuals who desire to provide non-medical, in-home care to the elderly. Tasks typically include:
  •      Companionship and conversation
  •      Meal preparation and planning
  •      Light housekeeping
  •      General assistance
If you're a warm, enthusiastic and compassionate person with a heart for working with seniors, then the Alzheimer's Care Resource Center could be perfect for you. We offer competitive pay and a personally rewarding work environment where you can truly feel good about what you are doing.  


Call Today to Learn How to Get Started! (561) 588-4545
About Us
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The Alzheimer's Care Resource Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization,   is the only non-profit organization in Palm Beach, Broward, Martin and St. Lucie county focused strictly on meeting the needs of Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers. We are so excited that we can bring these wonderful programs and services to the community and further our mission of helping caregivers to relax, renew and reach-out to help meet their own unique self-care needs.   
 
You can reach us at (561) 588-4545 or
visit our website at www.alzpb.org

  

Sincerely,  

Alzheimer's Care Resource Center