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Caregiver Information

Gerontology

A Training Resource
By Jim Messina, Ph.D., CCMHC, NCC, DCMHS-T
The Gerontology Section Theme Song

We were luck on March 29, 2019 to hear Ben Platt sing one song from his new album which went public that day. His album is: Sing to Me Instead.  The song he sang on The Today Show was Older. Older is now the official Theme Song for our coping.us Gerontology Section. You can listen to it by going to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6YovA8N9Go
Tips for Caregivers from the National Institute of Aging

General Caregiving Tips at: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/caregiving




Tips for Caregivers from the Alzheimer's Association

Daily Care of a Person Living with Dementia at: https://alz.org/help-support/caregiving/daily-care

Stages and Behaviors as Alzheimer's and other Dementias progress at: https://alz.org/help-support/caregiving/stages-behaviors

Care Options to Help Caregivers' Decision Making at:  https://alz.org/help-support/caregiving/care-options





Changes in Your Relationship with the Person You are Caring For at: https://alz.org/help-support/caregiving/caregiver-health/relationship-changes


Safety Concerns for Caregivers at: https://alz.org/help-support/caregiving/safety

Financial and Legal Planning for Caregivers at: https://alz.org/help-support/caregiving/financial-legal-planning

Videos from Dementia Care Central

https://www.dementiacarecentral.com/videos/

 

This collection of short dementia and Alzheimer’s care videos is made available to viewers at no cost courtesy of dementia care expert Teepa Snow.

 

How to Approach Persons with Dementia

This video clip shows how to approach a person with dementia so as to minimize anxiety and offer respect (time: 4 minutes 20 seconds).

 

Normal Brain vs. Alzheimer’s

This video shows the differences between a normal brain and a brain with Alzheimer's. It also covers brain size and changes in brain size.

 

Fix Uncooperative Dementia Behavior

This video provides information on how to obtain cooperation using some tips such as using short, simple, concrete information, offering simple choices, asking them for help, breaking the task into simple steps and others.

 

Different Types of Dementia

This video clip describes the different types of dementia (time: 1 minute 45 seconds).

 

Communicating by Touch with Dementia

This video clip describes how to touch a person with dementia without raising their anxiety or disrespecting their wishes (time: 1 minute).

 

How to Speak to Someone with Dementia

This video clip provides advice on speaking to a person with dementia (time: 1 minute 30 seconds).

 

Dementia & Foul Language – Why Some People with Dementia Develop Problems with Swearing

This video clip explains why some people with dementia develop problems with swearing (time: 1 minute 40 seconds).

 

How & Why Dementia Impacts Memory

This video clip depicts typical memory problems in dementia (time: 4 minutes 20 seconds).

 

Grooming for Late Stage Dementia

This short video clip shows a caregiver grooming a person in a late stage of dementia (time: 2 minutes 45 seconds).

 

Speech Problems with Dementia

This video clip depicts typical progression of the effects of dementia on ability to speak (time: 4 minutes).

 

Techniques to Assist with Dementia

This video clip shows how to use tactile (touching) cues and the hand under hand technique to assist your loved one in the tasks of daily living. Verbal cues and visual cues are also important (time: 1 minute 30 seconds).

 

Grooming Tips for Dementia

This video shows a caregiver using verbal, visual, and tactile cues to help a person in a moderately late stage of dementia groom herself (time: 3 minutes 30 seconds).

 

Inhibition, Impulse Control & Dementia

This video discusses emotional problems that may occur for people with dementia (time: 2 minutes).

 

Eating Safely with Dementia

This video clip describes how to help your loved one with eating (time: 3 minutes 45 seconds).

 

Dressing Tips for Dementia

This video clip shows a caregiver using verbal, visual, and tactile cues to help a man in a middle stage of dementia get dressed (time: 3 minutes 30 seconds).

 

Emotional Distress with Dementia

This video clip describes how to deal with emotional distress in a person with dementia (time: 3 minutes).

 

The Affect of Dementia on the Brain

This video provides an overview of dementia and how it impacts the brain (time: 2 minutes).

 

Conversing with People with Dementia

This video that shows how to converse with a person with dementia (time: 2 minutes).