Caring for People with Dementia, Memory Issues and Cognitive Decline
This Fall, we were fortunate to host three important webinars with highly respected experts to help people better understand and care for people experiencing signs of Dementia, Memory Issues or Cognitive Decline.
Cognitive Action Plan
Kevin Jameson, Dementia Society of America
The Face of Dementia could be any of us.
When Kevin’s wife of 32 years, Ginny, developed Dementia, he provided years of initial caregiving and planning, trying to figure out the best ways for her to continue living a full life. After the heart-wrenching decision to move her to a full-time community, Mr. Jameson continued to care for her almost daily. All this prepared him to better understand the entire journey of care many people living with Dementia and their circle of caregivers experience. When it came time, Mr. Jameson decided to leave his career to devote his days to the care of his wife until her passing.
Based on his experiences, Kevin launched the first, nationwide, all-volunteer nonprofit, the Dementia Society of America (DSA). Click the link above to find out more about the Dementia Society of America and Kevin’s additional programs and resources.
How to Cope With Caregiving
Maggie Sullivan, Caregiver Support Facilitator, Alzheimer’s Association
Maggie Sullivan also understands caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias after caring for her mother for eight years. Maggie has helped facilitate caregiver support groups for the past 27 years for the Alzheimer’s Association, and has written essays that have appeared in the New York Times and elsewhere. Maggie’s presentation with help you better understand those with dementia, how to care for them, and how to care for yourself during this period.
Dealing with Difficult Behaviors
Danielle Micale , Department of Aging Director, East Brunswick Township, NJ
Danielle Micale has spent much of her professional career helping older adults and their families with needs, education, and referral services. She has also volunteered since 1994 with the Alzheimer’s Association, raising funds and helping advocate for families after her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1994. Danielle’s presentation will help families better understand and cope with difficult behaviors experienced by those with dementia and cognitive impairments, whether it’s mood changes, “sundowning”, wandering or other common issues that can make caretaking challenging.