Alzheimer’s Help at Your Fingertips


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During the month of September, we focused on a different behavior commonly associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia each week. We offered tips to handle wandering, suspicion, repetition and sleeplessness. Those of you who care for a loved with Alzheimer’s know that these are just a few of the behaviors that are so often associated with dementias. Thanks to the new Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias Daily Companion app, you can find tips for just about any of them!

The app, which is free and currently available at the App Store for download to Apple devices, offers a wealth of information for connecting to valuable Alzheimer’s resources and dealing with the common behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s.

It contains much of the same information we cover when training our professional CAREGivers and hosting our local Alzheimer’s CARE program Family Caregiver Workshops, all in an easy-to-use, portable app. It’s designed to help enable caregivers to handle whatever challenges they encounter, as they encounter them.

Among the many behavior topics the app addresses are:

• Aggression and Anger

• Agitation and Anxiety

• Bathing and Hygiene

• Bedtime Struggles and Sleep Problems

• Confusion and Memory Loss

• Delusions and Hallucinations

• False Accusations and Paranoia

• Hiding/Misplacing Items and Rummaging

• Repetition

• Sexually Inappropriate Behavior

• Wandering

• Withdrawal

The app also has an emotional support section for caregivers that offers help with issues ranging from compassion fatigue (which is actually a form of trauma that can happen over time if a person has had too much exposure to setbacks and difficult experiences), to grieving for a loved one before they’re actually gone – and many topics in between.

In addition to the app, our new Confidence to Care book is an easy reference that anyone in the household can use when they need support or are trying to redirect a behavior. You can purchase the entire book for only $10.39, or preview three chapters for free by visiting helpforalzheimersfamilies.com.

For more information about these and other resources we have for seniors and their families, please contact Home Instead Senior Care serving the Southeast Valley or call us at 480-827-4343 or Like us on Facebook.

 

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