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Together We Walk: A Dementia Journey

Each individual’s journey with dementia is unique. This webinar led by the Hospice of the Western Reserve will provide information on the types of dementia and their effects on the brain, and introduce participants to just some of the experiences of people living with dementia. Through this interactive presentation, you will develop a deeper understanding of how these individuals navigate the world, and how hospice can support them and their family and friend caregivers. Our goal is to be able to better care for our loved ones and neighbors by walking a mile in their shoes. Lastly, you will learn from Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging about an evidence-based care-coaching program, BRI Care Consultation™, that is available for free in Cuyahoga, Athens and Washington Counties to support individuals with, or at risk of, dementia, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their caregivers.

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By Sally Tomko | 08/30/2021

A caregiver comforting an agitated loved one

Understanding and Managing Dementia-Related Behavior Changes

A loved one with dementia will experience many changes as the disease progresses. Though dementia is most commonly associated with memory loss, the changes dementia causes to the brain impact more than just memory—personality and behavior can be affected as well. We may feel that a loved one with dementia isn’t “acting like themselves” or that their actions might be “uncharacteristic.” Sometimes this can manifest in small ways, like being less alert than usual, or being more talkative around strangers. Other times, they may say or do something much more difficult to handle, like having an outburst of anger in public or making a sexually inappropriate comment. 

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By Julie Hayes | 08/16/2021

Benjamin Rose President and CEO Orion Bell

BRIA Comment for the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Task Force, Public Forum

On Thursday, July 15, 2021, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging President and CEO Orion Bell delivered this testimony at The Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) Task Force Public Forum. The Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Task Force was established by the Ohio General Assembly to examine the needs of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias, the services available in this state for those individuals, and the ability of health care providers and facilities to meet the individuals' current and future needs. This testimony highlights three important recommendations to the Task Force to address quality of life and care concerns for individuals living with dementia and their family and friend caregivers in Ohio. 

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By Orion Bell | 07/23/2021

Behavioral Interventions: When Caring for Someone with Dementia

This webinar incorporates the most current research about dementia care, effective practical strategies, and useful resources in identifying causes of common behavioral symptoms and effective interventions. This program, initiated as part of a grant awarded to the greater Toledo area by the U.S. Department of Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), Alzheimer’s and Dementia Program Initiative incorporates curriculum from the state of Minnesota, Act on Alzheimer’s, and we are now excited to present this as a part of the new ACL project to expand dementia capable communities in Cuyahoga, Washington, and Athens counties.

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By Marty Williman, Lyndi Winzeler, Jennifer Wolfe, Lauri Scharf | 07/22/2021

An older adult chatting with their caregiver

Helping an Older Loved One Living Alone with Dementia

Many assume that older adults who live alone inevitably transition into assisted living when diagnosed with dementia, but this is not the case. Around one third of people with dementia live on their own, in their own homes. While it does not pose as many concerns in the early-stages of dementia, this arrangement may become increasingly risky in the middle- and late-stages. As a caregiver, you may feel pressure to move in with your loved one or vice versa, or else find them an assisted living arrangement, even if your loved one does not want to leave their home.

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By Julie Hayes | 07/15/2021