January 2020

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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! 
Happy New Year Caregivers!


Welcome to 2020! Today, we wanted to take the time to give special thanks to the caregivers we support. For the family caregivers taking care of aging parents or other loved ones, 2019 may have been a tough year. You probably received little thanks for the job you did as a caregiver and you may have had moments when you felt unappreciated. The work you do can be unrelenting and the holiday season often exacerbates the stress. So, with this in mind, we pause to say thank you and to remind you that you are giving something that is more precious than any material possession, love!

Caregivers, this year, don't forget to take care of yourselves. You need it, and it will help you be there for loved ones in the coming years. In 2020, resolve to guard your brain against Alzheimer's disease or dementia by eating a healthy diet, getting daily exercise and staying mentally active. 

Thank you for all your support over the last year and for sharing our passion for helping others.  We look forward to serving you in the years to come. From our hearts to yours, have a Happy New Year!


As you ring out the old year, and ring in the new, may
everything wonderful bring happiness to you.



With warmest regards,









Elayne Forgie, 
President/CEO


10 Caregiver Resolutions for the New Year
As we head into 2020, it is a great time for caregivers to take stock of their own personal health and well-being. The demands of caregiving can contribute to everything from high blood pressure to heart disease, diabetes, back injuries and obesity. 
 
How long has it been since you've distanced yourself from caregiving long enough to decide what is good for you? How long has it been since you've had   guilt-free breaks from the needs of others, so that you can actually relax? How long has it been since you asked for help - hired or volunteer - so that you can be your own person for just a bit of time? How can caregivers resolve to get healthier in 2020? 
 
Here are 10 caregiver resolutions for the New Year:

Caregiver Resolution #1 - I must rest. I must take the time each day to remove myself from the situations that stress me and make me tired, and I must do so safely.

Caregiver Resolution #2 - I must ask for help. I must not feel guilty for this. I know my friends and loved ones would want to assist. And for me to rest, I will have to ask for help.

Caregiver Resolution #3 - I must adopt a healthy lifestyle. I will attempt to get physical exercise every day if possible, if even for a few minutes. I will make healthy food choices, and I will not abuse alcohol or drugs. I will schedule and keep regular visits with my healthcare provider.  

Caregiver Resolution #4 - I will take care of my spiritual health. I will feed my inner self through meditation, prayer, silence, reading, the arts, or in other ways I consider true. I will seek wise and professional council if needed.

Caregiver Resolution #5 - I will take care of my emotional health. I will not walk this road alone. I will share my story with others. I will seek their advice. I will continue to enjoy hobbies and explore new ones that interest me. I will seek professional help if needed.

Caregiver Resolution #6 - I will educate myself about the disease that is affecting my loved one. I will investigate accepted caregiver resources and attempt to follow recommendations.

Caregiver Resolution #7 -  I will find humor in living each day. I will not feel guilty about laughing, even when times are bad. I will try and laugh with my loved one.

Caregiver Resolution #8 - I will continue to see my loved one as a vital person, and validate him/her daily. I will look past the disease that is affecting my loved one and into their heart and soul. I will love them in the moment, in the now, just as they are. I may grieve at times, but I will honor the person they continue to be and my relationship with them.
 
Caregiver Resolution #9 - I will see myself as a hero and value my gift of caregiving. Heroes are human and have faults and weakness. But heroes draw upon a silent strength and overcome. Often, the most heroic thing to say is, "I will wake up  tomorrow and try my best."

Caregiver Resolution #10 - I will clasp the hand of my loved one and the hands of other caregivers, lifting both mine and theirs in triumph over the disease that seeks to steal. I will give back to them, and to myself, our humanity.
  

May every day of the New Year glow with good cheer & happiness
for you and your family. Happy New Year to all!

Welcome to the New Year!
Here's What We've Got Going On

So, it's been awhile since you've dropped by the Alzheimer's Care Resource Center's office. Even though we know, as a caregiver, your time is limited, we still wanted to invite into our office to learn about all the resources we have available to you.

Learning Lighthouse Resource Library
At the Alzheimer's Care Resource Center, we recognize how important it is for you to have access to the most up-to-date Alzheimer's educational and training resources available in Palm Beach County.  We offer family caregivers a  resource library  filled with new valuable information  for Alzheimer's caregivers, and our Care Navigators will help you find exactly the type of resources you are searching for. 

Caregiver Support Groups
Connecting with others who have the same kinds of struggles as you do is an important part of coping with Alzheimer's disease. Our support groups are facilitated by trained professionals or former family caregivers, whose primary purpose is to provide knowledge about Alzheimer's disease while allowing members to receive emotional support and encouragement from others in a similar situation.  We offer   caregiver support groups  every week, all around Palm Beach County. And for those who are unable to attend a support group in-person, we have a monthly  telephone support group for caregivers who are struggling with all kinds of different challenges and emotions.

Care Management
The primary goal of Care Management and Aging Life Care services is to help clearly identify the problems, and recommend appropriate, realistic solutions, that improve the quality of life for the Alzheimer's caregiver and care receiver. Caregivers request the services of  our professional geriatric care managers when they have concerns about their loved one and they aren't sure where to begin to find the professional guidance, support, and answers they need.

Coaching for Caregivers
Our   Coaching for Caregivers program was designed  strictly for caregivers who prefer one-on-one support and  who struggle with the emotions of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Each family caregiver can schedule one complimentary session.  Our sessions will help you cope with the changes and challenges that accompany caring for someone with memory loss.  Sessions are affordable and available in comfortable and convenient settings.

We also offer our coaching services to children in our office. We call this program, Coaching for Kids. It's tough when your child is sad. Parents want to do everything they can to help them feel better. When someone they love has Alzheimer's disease, parents often find they could use some additional guidance and support, to help their child or teen cope with their feelings.

Psychotherapy/Counseling Services
The Alzheimer's Care Resource Center also 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.   Medicare  and private pay are accepted.  

Comforting Companions
In support of our mission to meet the needs of the caregivers we serve, our Comforting Companions  provide consistent, in-home care services tailored to meet your loved ones needs; while giving you  and your family peace of mind, knowing in your absence, they are safe and well cared for. Your Comforting Companions  can perform a wide variety of common household tasks. Their assistance can help your loved one continue to live at home, safely and as independently as possible. 

24-Hour Caregiver Helpline
The 24-Hour Caregiver Helpline  ((855) 476-7600) is available to anyone in the Alzheimer's community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide emotional support, guidance, resources and crisis intervention to caregivers and family members of those with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other memory impairments.

We urge you to take advantage of our resource center.  All of these programs and services are available to you!  So come into our office! You're invited! We want to connect with you.

Alzheimer's Care Resource Center's address:
2290 10th Ave North #406
Lake Worth, FL 33461


To learn more about any of these services, please call us at
(561) 588-4545.  We can't wait to be reunited with you. See you soon!
Tips for Assessing Changes in Memory

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Helping Children Understand Alzheimer's Disease
When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, it can affect everyone in the family including children and teens. It's important to have conversations to explain what is happening. Depending on the child's age and relationship to the person with Alzheimer's disease, you can determine how much and what kind of information you share with them.

Here are a few tips to help kids understand what is going on with their love one.

 
Submit Your Questions to info@alzheimerscareresourcecenter.com
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If you have questions or would like more
i nformation,
contact the Alzheimer's Care Resource Center,  f eel free to
call us at (561) 588-4545. Thank you!!
How Alzheimer's Disease Affects the 5 Senses
As the caregiver, it is important that you keep in mind that the disease affects the brain directly and the body indirectly. A person who suffers from Alzheimer's may be physically healthy otherwise, but due to the deterioration of certain parts of the brain, the body doesn't respond as it should.   Here are some guidelines and safety tips in regards to the degeneration of the five senses and how it will affect the person with Alzheimer's disease.

1. Sight 
There may be nothing physically wrong with the eyes of your loved one; however the brains ability to interpret the images may be decreased. This can cause confusion, disorientation and the inability to recognize familiar people or places. A few tips to manage this decline would be to: 
* Create color contrast between floors and walls to create visual "depth" 
* Mark the edges of steps and stairs with brightly colored strips of tape 
* Place brightly colored signs or simple pictures on doors for easier identification

2. Smell 
It is very common for smell to be the first sense affected by Alzheimer's disease. In most cases, it is noticed before the diagnosis of Alzheimer's has been made. It is important to keep refrigerators clear of spoiled food.

3. Taste 
If you've ever noticed that when you nose is stuffy due to a cold or infection, your sense of taste is greatly decreased. The loss of smell plus the added decrease in taste bud sensitivity, can really affect the way your loved one tastes things. There is also the danger of confusion, leading them to place hazardous items in their mouths. Some simple recommendations would be to lock up cleaning supplies and consider learning the Heimlich maneuver in case of an emergency.

4. Hearing 
As in the case of the eyes, a person could test as having perfect hearing, but not be able to process sounds. This can lead to agitation, confusion or over stimulation. You should avoid excessive noise in the home and avoid large gatherings of people.

5. Touch 
As with all of the others senses, sensitivity in touch decreases. Depending on how severe the loss is, a person with Alzheimer's disease may not be able to recognize being cold or hot or even being in pain. Many of the steps recommended are similar to childproofing your house. Things to consider:

* Color code water faucet handles 
* Place warning signs on the oven and other appliances that get hot 
* Cover corners of furniture with padding


If you have questions or would like more 
information, contact the Alzheimer's Care Resource Center, feel free to call us at (561) 588-4545.
You Are Where You're Meant To Be
  
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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, January 17, 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
January 2020 Calendar of Events
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