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Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a role requiring specific skills and an attitude that contributes to the well-being of both the caregiver and the person with the disease. The Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging is offering FREE workshops to support caregivers. Become a Savvy Caregiver by attending our four 3 hour long workshops. To request a workshop in your area call us at 866-699-4927 or click here.


First Aid for People with Alzheimer's

October 21, 2017

More than 5 million Americans and 47 million people worldwide live with dementia. This number is expected to skyrocket along with the increase in the elderly population. Despite what many people believe, the majority of individuals with dementia live at home, not in assisted living or nursing homes.

10 Ways to Love Your Brain: Key Lifestyle Changes that may Reduce the Risk of Cognitive Decline.

November 08, 2017

Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. When possible, combine these habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body. Start now. It’s never too late or too early to incorporate healthy habits.

Caregiving is Hard Enough. Isolation Can Make it Unbearable.

August 14, 2017

For years, Marcy Sherman-Lewis went to a beauty salon in St. Joseph, Mo., every few weeks for a haircut and highlights.

It had become something of an ordeal to prepare her husband, Gene Lewis, for this outing; he has Alzheimer’s disease, at 79, and helping him shower and dress, insert hearing aids and climb into the car was a very slow process.

But she could no longer leave him at home alone. And once at the salon, “he just sat, watched TV, slept — didn’t bother anybody,” said Ms. Sherman-Lewis, 62. Her stylist kindly trimmed his hair, too.

June 26, 2017

Patients with dementia may actually die sooner if their family caregivers are mentally stressed, according to a new UC Berkeley study.

Dementia Care Dos & Don’ts: Dealing with Dementia Behavior Problems

Mid-to-late stage dementia and Alzheimer’s disease often presents challenging behavior problems. The anger, sadness, paranoia, confusion and fear that people with the disease are experiencing can result in oppositional, aggressive and sometimes violent speech or actions. Understand and learn which strategies are most effective in dementia behavior management.

Everything You Need to Know to Prepare Your Home for a Loved One with Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5.4 million Americans, about 5.2 million of which are 65 and older. It can be your grandparent, your cousin, your sibling or even your parent who faces the diagnosis. Eventually, those with Alzheimer’s require round-the-clock care, and for many families, that means taking the loved one into their own home.

Alzheimer’s Disease and When to Stop Driving

Driving is a powerful symbol of competence and independence, besides being a routine part of adult life. But the focused concentration and quick reaction time needed for safe driving tends to decline with age. Alzheimer’s disease accelerates this process dramatically. If you’re caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s, you may need to modify his or her driving – or stop his or her driving completely.

The Benefits of Cooking with Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's Guide

While there’s a valid safety reason behind preventing loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease from inadvertently putting themselves in harm’s way by cooking alone, there are an abundance of valid reasons why cooking can be a beneficial activity for people who have Alzheimer’s disease – all the better when it means spending quality time with someone they care about.

10 Stimulating Activities for Alzheimer's Patients

Dementia can cause seniors to withdraw from activities, family and friends. But maintaining those relationships and interests reduces the effects of severe cognitive impairment, leading to a better quality of life.

Seven Steps to Staying Mentally Sharp as a Tack After 60

Most of us like to imagine ourselves having a full, rich retirement. We have ideas of spending time with loved ones, taking up new hobbies, and traveling the world. But these plans can fall short if you aren’t taking care of yourself completely — including your mental health.

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