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Caregiver First Aid
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It’s a Lot of Grief
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Life threatening or life limiting illness brings a lot of grief before our loved one dies. We face many losses as caregivers and it is healthy to acknowledge and feel feelings of sadness. We are grieving for the loss of our dreams and our sense of security. Our plans are left in a heap on the floor and we grieve what will never be. As the disease progresses we lose parts of our loved one on a daily basis. The person we knew and loved is fading away. We know the anticipatory grief we are experiencing may not be validated by people around us. Naming your grief will help you and others to recognize and accept it. Remember you are not alone.
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Elderhaus Caregiver Groups

Life Transitions Group :  
Every Monday 1-3 p.m.   
Every Wednesday 9-11 a.m. Location is Elderhaus

FTD Caregivers: Second Tuesday Monthly 2:30-4 p.m. At Daz Bog, Northwest Corner of Cherry and Mason

October 2018
  Life is Scary Sometimes
Halloween pranks are meant to be fun. Living in fear about the future and the well-being of your loved one is decidedly not fun. Fear and worry exact a huge toll on caregivers. What are we afraid of? We are afraid of witnessing our loved ones decline in the course of terminal illness, or how we will live after their death and through our grief. How we will pay the costs of caregiving? We know that our caregiving drama will not have a happy ending, and fear we are not up to the tasks of being a caregiver.

When we are afraid we can choose to run from it, become paralyzed by it or stand and fight shadows, but none of these options will bring us courage or peace. It has been said: Faith is the opposite of Fear. Some of us are comforted and supported by our religious faith, and for others our faith may be in our spiritual beliefs or belief in virtues like Love. Whatever faith looks like for you, seek the comfort faith can offer you. 

There are practical steps to increase faith and confidence. Knowledge is power, so educate yourself on the specifics of your loved ones’ illness and what to expect as the disease progresses. Know how to ask for help and where to go to get help. Elderhaus collaborates with many community resources and can help you navigate the information highway. When you feel isolated and confused it is easy for fear to creep in. Join a support group and the sharing will support you emotionally and also highlight resources that others have tried and tested. Ask for help and have faith it will come. A little prayer may help too!
  October is Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month
Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is the second leading cause of dementia in the U.S. Over 1.3 million people suffer from LBD in this country and it is estimated that only 30-50% of LBD cases are accurately diagnosed. According to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, LBD has significant differences from Alzheimers and presents with cognitive, Parkinsonian and neuro-psychiatric symptoms. 

Cognitive Symptoms                                                             
* Progressive memory, judgement and insight loss                          
* Significant flucuations in alertness, attention and cognition                           
* Apathy and difficulty with language                                               
Parkinsonian Symptoms                                                           
* Muscle stiffness, rigidity, and tremors                                             
* Shuffling gait, balance difficulties, repeated falls and stooped posture.                    
* Blank facial expression, weak voice and swallowing difficulties.                        
Neuro-psychiatric Symptoms                                                      
* Hallucinations, delusions, and mood disorders.                                      
* Transient unresponsiveness                                                       
* REM Sleep Disorder, people “act out” their dreams                                    

An early and accurate diagnosis of LBD is very important because of possible adverse reactions to certain antipsychotic drugs, anesthesia, anti-depressants and OTC drugs. LBD patients and their families need considerable resources and assistance from healthcare professionals. Caregiver burden is especially high because LBD patients have problems in many areas. Learn more about LBD at lbda.org . Contact Danita at Elderhaus, 221-0406 for more information, publications and a complete list of symptoms.                           
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 Tim for more information. 970-221-0406
Elderhaus Adult Day Program, Inc.,
6813 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80525 
970-221-0406