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Tips for Better Communication with a Loved One with Dementia

As caregivers, we may find ourselves struggling to communicate with a loved one in the way we used to. It may be difficult to understand what a loved one is trying to say, and in the busyness of everyday life, we may find ourselves growing frustrated and impatient. However, these kinds of feelings may in turn affect a loved one, leading to a communication breakdown and potential relationship strain. To avoid this, it’s important to foster good listening skills, patience and respect.

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By Julie Hayes | 04/15/2021

Communicating with Your Loved One: Strategies for Care Partners Impacted by Dementia

As an individual goes through their journey with dementia, there are changes that can impact their comprehension and expression. These changes in communication can often cause frustration among care partners. This webinar will share information about the changes some individuals with dementia may experience in communication, and will offer strategies and tips for families to communicate more effectively with a loved one with dementia.

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By Jennifer Brush | 04/13/2021

Navigating the Different Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease as a Caregiver

Alzheimer's Disease develops over time, causing changes in the brain that affect a person's memory, thinking and behavior. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's Disease, and 16 million Americans serve as unpaid caregivers to loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementias. With every change to a loved one’s health as the disease progresses over time, these 16 million caregivers are along for the journey right there with their loved one.

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By Julie Hayes | 03/15/2021

Understanding Different Types of Dementia

When most people hear the word “dementia,” one of the first things that comes to mind is “Alzheimer’s.” However, Alzheimer’s is just one cause of dementia, which is the umbrella term for decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills that significantly impacts daily life. If a loved one is experiencing memory issues, Alzheimer’s could be a potential diagnosis, but there are four other common types of dementia that should also be considered: Lewy body, frontotemporal, vascular and mixed.

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By Julie Hayes | 02/15/2021

Difficult But Crucial Conversations

Do you find yourself asking the following questions? Why is it so difficult for my spouse or my parent to make a decision? Is this a part of normal aging or could it be something else? What if I do not agree with the decision that my family member has made? Lauri Scharf, Care Consultant/Master Trainer at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, discussed these topics as well as about the best practices for making decisions in order to help an older loved one remain independent for as long as possible.

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By Lauri Scharf | 11/05/2020