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Dementia 101: Information for Patients and Caregivers

Dementia is not normal aging. Currently 1 in 10 people over age 65 and 1 in 3 people over age 85 have some form of dementia. And while true dementia is not reversible, survival after a dementia diagnosis can range from 2 to 21 years depending on the type of dementia, age at onset, [...]

Dementia 101: Information for Patients and Caregivers2017-12-11T23:04:08+00:00

Managing Safety for Dementia Patients

Let’s review things that you can do to improve safety inside the home—to help avoid accidents, disorientation, and overstimulation. This helpful video offers practical tips for dementia patients and their caregivers.

Managing Safety for Dementia Patients2017-12-11T23:02:01+00:00

Dementia and Caregiver Support

Studies have shown that caregivers of dementia patients take fewer vacations, have fewer hobbies, report higher emotional and physical strain, and many times disrupt close relationships with other family, and even affect their career and job benefits. In this helpful video, we’ll review important steps that caregivers can take to mitigate these strains and to [...]

Dementia and Caregiver Support2017-12-11T22:57:55+00:00

Coping with Behaviors – for Caregivers of Dementia Patients

The single most important thing you can do is learn the triggers to frustration or anger. Often a well-meaning caregiver will ask for something their loved one has always been able to do (info for taxes or feed the dog)—and the person with dementia may get uncharacteristically angry. Embarrassment or shame or terror is often [...]

Coping with Behaviors – for Caregivers of Dementia Patients2017-12-11T22:47:28+00:00

Guided Relaxation

This easy to follow guide walks you through the process of progressive muscle relaxation. Stressful times take a toll on our physical bodies as well as our emotions. Caring for yourself is critical to caring for those you love, so take time to address stress before it builds. [...]

Guided Relaxation2017-10-11T17:25:03+00:00

TED Talk: Rethinking the Bucket List

This 10-minute talk by a long-time mental health counselor is a funny, frank, inspiring, and engaging look at what we can learn from those in their last days of life.

TED Talk: Rethinking the Bucket List2017-10-07T02:57:33+00:00

Morning Thoughts

This video by Tina Staley will help patients create a morning thought ritual to start their day the best way possible.

Morning Thoughts2017-10-07T02:57:33+00:00

Flipping Negative Thoughts

Learn to use the 5-question tool to become more mindful and aware of stressful thoughts. We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can change the way we think to improve our mood, behavior, and quality of life.

Flipping Negative Thoughts2017-10-07T02:57:33+00:00

Support Circle

Identify how to access support and ask for help by using the support circle tool. Build a support system which can be used for both giving and receiving support.

Support Circle2017-10-07T02:57:33+00:00