This workshop will explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s. You’ll also learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.
In this talk participants will explore the role that grief plays, it’s various manifestations, stages, and purposes. Grief can appear randomly or repeatedly for unpredictable periods of time. As an emotional companion to loss, grief can sometimes be misunderstood for depression, and lead to improper treatment. Everyone will receive suggestions for understanding and honoring the […]
Lucy will be joined by Chris MacLellan, MA, published author, and Caregiver Assistance Program Coordinator with the South Florida Institute on Aging. Chris’ experience with being a caregiver for his partner was featured in a 2015 Pulitzer Prize-nominated story. Chris will be sharing his caregiving experience in an interactive session where he and Lucy will […]
Dementia is a scary term and is often misunderstood. Dementia isn’t defined as a specific disease. It is generally described as a group of symptoms which affect cognitive and social abilities to the extent that they interfere with the functions of daily living. Dementia is usually confused with Alzheimer’s because it is the most common […]
Older adults face many loses as they age which causes distress and can strain relationships. Explore ways that caregivers can 1) help aging loved ones cope with grief caused by losses of health, identity, homes, and confidence 2) intervene when there is denial and resistance as older adults lose independence, and 3) maintain relationships during […]
By Jamie Huysman, PsyD, LCSW It’s National Nutrition Month! What and how we eat have a lot to do with our health and wellbeing. Common sense tells us that if we don’t weed, feed and water a garden, it will die. It reminds us that if we don’t put gas in the car, change the […]
This dementia is highly misunderstood, even in the medical community, and takes families up to 4 years to get a proper diagnosis. They will explain what signs show up first, how to get an accurate diagnosis, and what to do after you receive the diagnosis.
Si usted o algún conocido está experimentando pérdida de memoria o cambios de comportamiento, es hora de que conozca la verdad. Detectar la enfermedad de Alzheimer temprano le dará la oportunidad de empezar un tratamiento, participar en un estudio clínico y planear para el futuro. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or […]
There are days filled with love and happiness but it is also reasonable to expect to experience grief over the many losses that you encounter, such as the loss of your independence, your relationship with your loved one or family members, the list goes on and on. Therapeutic writing is an excellent tool to help […]
During the family caregiving years, there can sometimes be a blurry line between being a supportive guide for our loved ones and an arm-twisting bully who insists on cooperation with getting tasks done. We should rarely put tasks over our relationships. But in the on-rush of care demands, creeping bullying can still occur. In this […]
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