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What Does Wellness Look Like for Dementia Caregivers?

Anyone providing care for a loved one with dementia knows how stressful it can be. Not only can the tasks involved be challenging and exhausting, but there is a very emotional level as well. But even with all the challenges , caregivers often neglect self-care, infrequently check in on their own health and either don’t know about or don’t use opportunities for respite.

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By Julie Hayes | 07/15/2022

Minyo, M., & Judge, K. (2022). Perceived Unmet Need and Need-Related Distress of People Living with Dementia. Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, 8, 1–11. https://doi.org/DOI: 10.1177/23337214221092886

Franz, C. (2022, April 27). Steps to Guard Against Dementia-Related Wandering [Guidposts]. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/steps-to-guard-against-dementia-related-wandering

Encouraging an Older Loved One to Get Tested for Dementia

Cathy Franz, LSW, a Care Consultant with Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging’s WeCare…Because You Do, discusses tips on how to encourage older loved ones with symptoms of memory loss to visit a doctor to get tested for dementia.

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By Cathy Franz | 06/16/2022

Making the Most of Mealtime: Eating, Swallowing & Dignified Dining for Individuals with Dementia & IDD

Eating and food are at the center of many of life’s occasions, celebrations and moments together with loved ones. Of course, eating is also a necessity—we rely on nutrition and hydration to survive. But what happens to these important and essential moments when dementia affects a loved one’s eating? In what ways can a loved one’s ability to interact with food begin to change? This webinar explains some of the changes that may make mealtime challenging when caring for someone with dementia, and provides tips on how to set up the eating environment for successful mealtimes. It also focuses on swallowing disorders for individuals with dementia and intellectual and developmental disabilities, and how to balance safety concerns while ensuring a dignified dining experience.

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By Elizabeth Kinzig | 05/23/2022