Living the Alzheimer’s Journey
Podcast episodes feature firsthand stories from family caregivers and advice from professionals about facing familiar everyday challenges—while continuing to celebrate the essence of loved ones who bring light to our lives.
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Living the Journey
Lena remembers the moment when it became clear that Bob would benefit from a day care program, and shares the factors that led to their choice.
Stephne Lencioni, licensed Clinical Social Worker and Geriatric Care Manager with over thirty years of experience providing care planning and management to older adults and their families, discusses the why, when, and how of seeking help for family caregivers and explain that it is never too early to start gathering your team.
Whatʼs important to our loved onesʼ well-being? How do we integrate these key elements into day-to-day activities? How does day care compare to home care? What about long-term care?
How do we plan daily routines to help our loved ones stay engaged and healthy? What about caring for ourselves? How do we respond to our loved ones compassionately, at all times? What roles can art, music, and cognitive training play in our loved onesʼ well-being?
Whom can we turn to when we need help? What are community resources we should know about? What can we expect from our family? Our friends? What roles can support groups play in our caregiving? Should we participate in clinical trials?
Denial can get in the way of moving forward. How do we recognize signs of denial and how do we overcome it? How do we begin to think about the tough decisions ahead of us? What happens when we face difficult and perhaps aggressive behavior?
Check the website regularly to find up-to-date resources for support such as helplines, classes, and books. These expert sources are gathered with the help of care professionals and organizations dedicated to the needs of people with dementia.