October  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! 
Coaching for Kids

Alzheimer's disease affects the whole family.  

Today, more than ever before, children and teens come home from school and are helping to care for a grandparent or parent, who is living with a neurocognitive disorder.

As parents, it breaks our heart when our children are sad. And as we see them struggle with their emotions, it can be tough to know how to best help them.

The Alzheimer's Care Resource Center's Coaching for Kids  program provides a safe and warm environment for kids to come together to learn more about what is happening to the person they love, as well as to express their feelings and receive honest, age appropriate answers to their questions.

We offer group sessions for kids, family sessions and one-on-one sessions.  Call us today to learn more or visit our website!           

With warmest regards,

Elayne Forgie, 

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.
Activity Ideas for Aging Seniors

If you are a family member caring for an aging loved one at home, then you may be looking for some entertaining activities you can do with them. This blog will give you some quick ideas. Activities such as conversations and arts and crafts are crucial for mental stimulation, and they can also be a great and healthy way to use time. If your loved one has a degenerative neurological disorder, you may have to provide the accommodations for them and modify these activities. You may even have to set a time limit for certain activities if necessary. Choosing an activity that your loved one will enjoy will depend on their preferences. If you know your loved one well, then choosing one will be easy!

1) Exercise and going outdoors:
If your loved one can walk comfortably, then going for walks outdoors is one of the greatest things you can do. Even if they must use a walking device or wheelchair, going outside can be a very beneficial activity for both mental stimulation and improving overall mood. If you can find a quiet road near greenery or a walking trail at a park, then take advantage of these places, even if you do not walk very far.  If you and your loved one are able, you could use an outdoors area to do some light stretching.

An alternative to walking would be finding a peaceful garden to have a conversation. Getting outside, as obvious as it may seem, is an excellent way to spend quality time with your loved one offering everyone involved physical and mental benefits.

2) Making a bird feeder:
If you have children who like to spend time with a grandparent, or another aging loved one, then this is a great way to bond and have fun.

All you need are some recycled toilet paper rolls, a jar of peanut butter, and some bird seeds. Just spread the peanut butter on the toilet paper roll and dip it in bird seeds. You can then take some thin rope and string it through the two holes of the toilet paper rolls. Lastly, hang it from a tree branch! This activity is fun for the whole family and also requires you to go outside.

3) Listening to your loved one's favorite music:
An easy activity but also entertaining is playing your loved one's favorite music on the radio, stereo system, or on any smartphone/mp3 player. Listening to music is a wonderful mental stimulant and can be done leisurely or actively through discussion and reminiscing.

If your loved one has a degenerative neurological disease, such as Alzheimer's, then listening to music may be difficult if there are other distractions in the environment like people talking, television, clattering dishes, etc. In this case, buy headphones that go completely over their ears to drown out other sounds. You may also have to try different kinds of music if your loved one reacts negatively to certain genres.

Listening to music that you and your loved one enjoy is not only fun but actively stimulates neurons in your brain. Music is not solely an auditory experience but an emotional and physical one, as well. Certain types of music can invoke feelings of extreme bliss or wistfulness. It excites our muscles when we begin to clap, tap our feet, hum along, and change our facial expressions. Its effects are physically and emotionally complicated and may elude our understanding, but what we do know is that it does stimulate us-even those whose minds may be affected by neurological disorders. [1]

4) Painting:
Another entertaining and stimulating activity to do is painting. You can either paint on a canvas with brushes or use your hands to create more abstract artwork. You can easily buy canvases, small paintbrushes, and paint at an arts and crafts store. Find straightforward images to paint and try to copy them to the best of your abilities. Or you can also buy paint-by-numbers if you think your loved one is willing and able to follow the detailed instructions.

5) Read together or read aloud:
Reading books, newspapers, or magazines are especially mentally stimulating if you participate in discussions about readings you've done together. If your loved one has a difficult time reading for whatever reason, then you can find passages that you think they will enjoy and understand, and then you can read it aloud. Reading aloud to someone can be helpful if your loved one is indisposed or has a neurological disorder. Also, try reading outside if the weather is agreeable.

6) Reminisce:
Allowing your loved one to reminisce about when they were younger or about times they particularly remember is a soothing, yet engaging way to spend time with an aging loved one. Reminiscing can help you (and perhaps your children) learn more about your loved one through story-telling and reflections about the past.

You may have to prompt your loved one by asking a question like: "Tell me about the time when. . ." or "What was going to school like for you?" These questions are open enough to allow your loved one to respond any way they want.  Have fun!

These are just a few ideas for activities to do with your loved one. They may also be springboards to come up with your activities. Helpful websites like Pinterest (for which you need to create an account) may be helpful for generating some more ideas. Whatever you choose to do, allow it to be engaging, stimulating, and, most of all, entertaining for everyone!

[1] Oliver Sacks, "The power of music," Brain 129, (2006): 2528-2532.

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The Caregivers Corner 
Private Facebook Group


Have you joined our private Facebook Group, The Caregivers Corner,  for family caregivers?  Our group is designed to help you stay as healthy as possible ~ physically ~ financially ~ emotionally and spiritually.  Come together with other caregivers who may be on a similar journey and receive helpful guidance and support from those who care.

I'll Be Right There: 
A Guidebook For Adults Caring For Their Aging Parents

When we talk about our bucket list, we focus on the things we want to do before we die. What about the list of things we DON'T want to happen as we start to age? What do we call THAT list?

I'll Be Right There is a guidebook for adult children caring for their aging parents-during what can be an emotionally charged and challenging time.

The stories, information, worksheets, and resources in I'll Be Right There will clarify what you already know, and provide you with what you absolutely need to know, for each stage of your parents' aging.

October 2019 Calendar of Events
Paint for Fun Class for Caregivers & Loved Ones


   The Alzheimer's Care Resource Center will host

a monthly Paint for Fun™ class on 

Friday, October 25th

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
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



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