Dementia Care 2024: Navigating Federal and State Initiatives for Quality Support

Posted by Pam Brandon on Dec 7, 2023 11:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Dementia Live®Training, Dementia Care Outreach Education, Family Caregiver Education

Rediscovering the Heart in Dementia Care: Prioritizing the Human Touch

Posted by Pam Brandon on Nov 23, 2023 10:54:04 AM

 

 

In the hustle of healthcare advancements, the essence of caregiving often gets overshadowed. Nowhere is this truer than in dementia care, where the personal and emotional aspects of caregiving are frequently sidelined by clinical approaches. Let's delves into why returning to the human side of dementia care is not just essential but transformative.

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Topics: compassionate touch, Dementia Live®Training, AGE-u-cate Training Insitute, human connection, education and training

Building Retention Through a Culture that Inspires Empathy, Generosity and Happiness

Posted by Julie Boggess on Nov 16, 2023 10:52:00 AM

In the dynamic and challenging field of aging services, fostering a workplace culture that prioritizes empathy, generosity, and happiness can significantly impact employee retention. As professionals navigate the complexities of providing care and support to older adults, the emotional well-being of employees becomes a crucial factor in ensuring both quality service delivery and sustained job satisfaction.

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Topics: compassionate touch, dementia training, caregiver education, employee retention, cultivating empathy, compassion culture, Dementia Empathy Training

Dementia Challenges & Strategies in the Local Community

Posted by Laura Ellen Christian on Nov 9, 2023 9:30:00 AM
You're in for a treat!  AGE-u-cate is honored to welcome a guest blogger, Laurie Scherrer.  Laurie is Programs Director of Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) and is an active member of DAA's Executive Board. 

    Through her extensive work in supporting initiatives of DAA and her experience living with dementia, Laurie is a strong advocate for quality of life.  She was diagnosed with young onset dementia in August of 2013 at the age of 55. Unable to continue a professional career she turned her focus towards helping others through their dementia journey, Laurie and her husband, Roy, work continuously to identify triggers that cause her confusion and they make adjustments to overcome obstacles. Laurie is a Dementia Mentor and is active in many support groups. On her website, dementiadaze.com, Laurie shares her feelings, challenges, symptoms, and adjustments in hopes of encouraging other individuals and families living with dementia to explore ways to live beyond dementia.  

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    Topics: dementia friendly, Dementia Friendly America, understanding, dementia education, Dementia friendly community, Dementia Awareness, kindess

    Sympathy vs. Empathy in Dementia Care: Understand the Key Differences

    Posted by Pam Brandon on Nov 3, 2023 11:00:00 AM

     

    Sympathy and empathy are two terms often used interchangeably, but they have distinct meanings and implications in the realm of human emotions and relationships. These differences are not merely linguistic; they carry significant weight when it comes to understanding and responding to the emotions of others.  Let's delve into the disparities between sympathy and empathy,  and why it is so important to differentiate these two approaches in dementia care. 

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    Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Dementia Live®Training, Empathy Training

    Unlocking the Power of Dementia Education: How Community Health Workers Benefit Communities

    Posted by Pam Brandon on Nov 2, 2023 11:00:00 AM

     

    Dementia is a prevalent and challenging health issue affecting millions of individuals and their families around the world. As the population ages, the incidence of dementia is expected to rise, making it crucial to prioritize education and support for both patients and their caregivers. Community health workers (CHWs) can play a pivotal role in providing dementia education, and their involvement can have far-reaching benefits for the community.

    1. Increasing Awareness: Dementia education delivered by CHWs can help raise awareness about this condition within the community. By disseminating information about the early warning signs and risk factors, CHWs empower individuals to seek timely diagnosis and support. This awareness is essential for early intervention, which can significantly improve the quality of life for those living with dementia.

    2. Reducing Stigma: Dementia education can help dispel misconceptions and reduce the stigma associated with the condition. By sharing accurate information about dementia's causes and progression, CHWs can foster empathy and understanding, making it easier for patients and their families to access the necessary care and support without fear of judgment.

    3. Providing Caregiver Support: Caring for someone with dementia can be emotionally and physically demanding. CHWs can offer caregivers invaluable information on how to provide effective care, manage behavioral changes, and access local resources. This support system can alleviate the stress of caregivers and enable them to provide better care for their loved ones.

    4. Improving Early Detection: CHWs can be trained to recognize the early signs of dementia during their interactions with community members. This early detection can lead to prompt diagnosis and intervention, potentially slowing the progression of the disease. Additionally, CHWs can guide individuals towards healthcare professionals for a more comprehensive evaluation.

    5. Enhancing Quality of Life: Education provided by CHWs can equip patients and caregivers with strategies for managing dementia-related challenges. These strategies can include communication techniques, cognitive stimulation activities, and emotional support. By improving the quality of life for those with dementia, CHWs contribute to a more resilient and healthier community.

    6. Connecting Communities to Resources: CHWs can serve as a vital bridge between the community and dementia-related resources. They can help individuals access support groups, government assistance, respite care, and other services that can significantly improve the well-being of those affected by dementia.

    7. Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: Dementia education provided by CHWs can also include information on lifestyle factors that can reduce the risk of developing dementia. Promoting healthy habits, such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, and mental stimulation, can help prevent or delay the onset of dementia. This proactive approach benefits the community's overall health and well-being.

    8. Enhancing Cultural Competency: CHWs, often members of the community they serve, are well-positioned to provide culturally sensitive dementia education. They can tailor their messages to specific cultural and linguistic needs, ensuring that information is accessible to all members of the community.

    9. Cost-Effective Care: Dementia is a costly condition to manage, both for individuals and healthcare systems. By educating the community through CHWs, cost-effective preventive measures can be implemented. Timely interventions and support can potentially reduce the economic burden associated with dementia care.

    10. Promoting Empowerment: Dementia education through CHWs empowers community members to take an active role in their own health and well-being. When people are equipped with knowledge, they are better prepared to make informed decisions about their health, leading to more self-reliant and resilient communities.

    Community health workers can be instrumental in providing dementia education to communities. Their work contributes to increased awareness, reduced stigma, early detection, enhanced quality of life, and cost-effective care. By fostering healthier and more informed communities, CHWs create a ripple effect that benefits not only those living with dementia but the entire community. Dementia education through CHWs is a holistic approach to improving public health and ensuring a brighter future for those affected by this complex condition.

    Find out how millions of people in communities are engaging in impactful dementia education with AGE-u-cate Training Institute's Dementia Live simulation experience.

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    Topics: Dementia Live®Training, AGE-u-cate Training Insitute, Dementia Care Outreach Education, Community Health Worker

    Diving into the Depths of Empathetic Listening: Navigating Caregiving for Dementia

    Posted by Pam Brandon on Oct 26, 2023 11:00:00 AM

     

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    Dementia's Reach: How It Affects Social Determinants of Health

    Posted by Pam Brandon on Oct 19, 2023 11:30:00 AM

     

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    Topics: Dementia Live®Training, Dementia Friendly America, AGE-u-cate Training Insitute, Community Education

    The WHO Global Dementia Plan: A Comprehensive Strategy to Tackle a Growing Global Challenge

    Posted by Pam Brandon on Oct 12, 2023 12:00:00 PM

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    Empathy Training and Skill Building Tools: The Key to Improving Hospice Care and Quality of Life for Patients and Families

    Posted by Pam Brandon on Oct 5, 2023 12:00:00 PM

     

    Empathy training and skill-building tools are crucial for individuals involved in hospice care, whether they are professionals or family members. Hospice care is a specialized form of support designed to offer comfort and assistance to individuals nearing the end of their lives. It usually takes place in a home or hospital setting and requires a high level of empathy and compassion from those providing care.

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