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Diagnosing Dementia

What does it mean when someone is said to have dementia? For some people, the word conjures up scary images of “crazy” behavior and loss of control. In fact, the word dementia describes a group of symptoms that includes short-term memory loss, confusion, the inability to problem-solve, the inability to complete multi-step activities such as preparing a meal or balancing a checkbook, and, sometimes, personality changes or unusual behavior.

Online Resources for More Information

Online Resources for More Information

Family Caregiver Alliance
National Center on Caregiving

Offers comprehensive caregiving information and advice, fact sheets, reports and studies, discussion groups and newsletters for caregivers, practitioners, policymakers and researchers. In addition, a state-by-state resource guide offers a searchable database of publicly-funded caregiver support programs.
Phone: 800-445-8106
Website: caregiver.org

Saying "Yes" to Offers of Help

How do you respond when someone asks, “Is there anything I can do?”  More likely than not, your response is, “Oh no, I’m okay.”  And when friends say “Let me know if I can help you,”  do you call them?
It is sometimes difficult to say we need help—so we don’t. Learning to say “yes” to such offers is really a gift you give to yourself as well as to the person who offers. It’s simple, really: People feel good when they do something nice for someone else. And when they help by providing respite and assistance in a caregiving situation, it’s even better.

Books to Help Children

When Children Grieve, John W. James, Russell Friedman and Dr. Leslie Landon Matthews
To watch a child grieve and not know what to do is a profoundly difficult experience for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Yet, there are guidelines for helping children develop a lifelong, healthy response to loss.

In When Children Grieve, the authors offer a cutting-edge volume to free children from the false idea of "not feeling bad" and to empower them with positive, effective methods of dealing with loss.

 

Be Wise...Immunize!

 

The following Fact Sheet is available as downloadable PDF document. To view and print this file you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is available as a free download by clicking here.

Be Wise...Immunize! (English)

Paid Family Leave: California

Caregivers who need time off work to care for loved ones are included in this program.)(

Q & A on California’s Paid Family Leave:

Q. What is Paid Family Leave?
A. Paid Family Leave is unemployment compensation disability insurance paid to workers who suffer a wage loss when they take time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child.

Q. How long may a person receive Paid Family Leave insurance benefits?
A. Workers can receive up to six weeks of benefits that may be paid over a 12-month period.

Resources for Assistive Technology

For assistance finding and purchasing AT:

ABLEDATA
(800) 227-0216
www.abledata.com

Alliance for Technology Access
(415) 455-4575
www.ataccess.org

Center for Assistive Technology &
Environmental Access
(800) 726-9119
www.assistivetech.net

Technology for Long-Term Care
(215) 371-1354
www.techforltc.org

 

Choosing Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology—also called assistive devices, independent living aids, and adaptive equipment—can help your loved one live more independently. It may also make your job as a caregiver easier and more enjoyable.

Evaluating Medical Research

Hardly a day goes by without a story on television, in the newspaper, or on the Internet about new medical research findings. You might hear about a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s, a promising “cure” for cancer, or a breakthrough discovery in Parkinson’s disease. Or you might see articles about particular foods or dietary supplements that are said to promote health or prevent or slow the course of an illness. Should you try to get these drugs for a family member who is sick? Should the person change his diet? Take more vitamins?

Grandma doesn't remember me

How does having a family member with dementia affect children? The answer: It depends on the age of the child, the severity of the memory loss and the child’s relationship to the person with dementia. The better you understand how the disease affects your loved one, and how you handle your own process of loss and adapting to change, the better you can help your child.

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