How Can We Better Support and Educate Family Caregivers?

Posted by Pam Brandon on Apr 14, 2021 11:10:17 AM

Family CaregiversAccording to estimates from the National Alliance for Caregiving, during the past year, 65.7 million Americans (or 29 percent of the adult U.S. adult population involving 31 percent of all U.S. households) served as family caregivers for an ill or disabled relative.   That is 65.7 million family caregivers who are desperately needing education, training, support and help with finding available resources.  We must do a better job as these numbers are increasing drastically with our aging population.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, aging services, Family Caregiver, Training, Family, Caregiver, caregivers, Aging Service Provider, caregiving, family caregivers, parents, aging, families, REVEAL Aging, staff, workforce training, home health

Tough Choices from Tender Hearts: Caregiving During a Pandemic

Posted by Kathy Dreyer on Oct 25, 2020 7:33:35 PM

About a month ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidelines that advocate family visitors to return to nursing homes. At this time only three states are not allowing visits. The guidelines provide specifics on how to visit a family member while remaining safe. Unfortunately, it still means making tough choices between a resident's mental and physical health.

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Topics: The Faith Community, The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Elders, Professional Caregiver, caregiving, Faith Community, aging, faith communities, families

The Trauma of Relocation for People with Dementia

Posted by Julie Boggess on Feb 3, 2020 11:24:51 PM

 

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Topics: The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, dementia, caregivers, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, Faith Community, families, AGE-u-cate Training Insitute

World Alzheimer Report: Private Sector Response

Posted by Julie Boggess on Dec 2, 2019 9:50:21 PM
Let's not wait for the public sector to develop plans to address the dementia crisis. The private sector can and should play a large role.
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Topics: The Faith Community, Senior Care Professionals, Aging in the Workplace, Dementia Live®Training, Hospital Professionals, Faith Community, faith communities, education, families, hospitals

Rural Healthcare: Helping Caregivers and Persons Living with Dementia

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 22, 2019 11:44:16 AM

Access to quality rural healthcare, resources, education, and support is a growing challenge in the US and around the globe.  What does this mean for the growing numbers of persons living with dementia and their families who are caring for them?  How does this affect the quality of care being offered by nursing homes and other care providers?

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Topics: The Family Caregiver, healthcare, Senior Care Professionals, Training, dementia, caregivers, Hospital Professionals, Rural healthcare, education, families, alzheimer's, support

I Just WISH I Could UNDERSTAND what Mom is going through...

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 28, 2019 12:05:17 PM
blackboard against red barn wood
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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Training, dementia, Family, caregivers, Dementia Live®Training, leadership, Hospital Professionals, professionals, elder care, education, families, understanding, dementia training, older adults, dementia education, home care

The Depression-Dementia Link and What Caregivers Need to Know

Posted by Pam Brandon on Nov 13, 2018 10:37:46 AM

Far too often I talk to family caregivers who are concerned about their loved one's cognitive decline.  It is not uncommon to hear such explanations go something like this:

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, dementia, Family, caregivers, Dementia Live, Hospital Professionals, family caregivers, Depression, families, older adults, health, Pseudodementia

Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's - the Challenges of Diagnosis

Posted by Pam Brandon on Aug 28, 2018 11:56:49 AM

Research confirms that by the age of 40, almost 100% of persons with Down syndrome who die have changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD).  Understanding this link and the challenges of a diagnosis of AD in persons with Down syndrome is important for families and healthcare professionals.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Training, Family, Care Partners, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, leadership, Alzheimer's disease, Hospital Professionals, families, Downs Syndrome

Is it Delirium or Dementia - Learn the Differences

Posted by Pam Brandon on Aug 21, 2018 10:00:50 AM

Delirium is an acute disorder of attention and global cognition, including perception and memory, and is treatable.  Learning the differences between delirium and dementia is important for professional and family caregivers, as the diagnosis is missed in more than 50% of the cases.

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Topics: healthcare, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, dementia, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, Hospital Professionals, family caregivers, professionals, families, AGE-u-cate Training Insitute, older adults, delirium, hospital

Grief, Guilt, and Anxiety - How We can Help Caregivers

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jul 17, 2018 10:44:22 AM

As a long time family caregiver and professional in this field, I can tell you that the myriad of emotions that caregivers face on a daily basis is complex and ever-changing.  That said, grief, guilt, and anxiety are certainly at the top of the list.   How can we, as professionals in this field, better understand family needs and partner alongside them on this difficult journey?

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Topics: Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Senior Care, Family, caregivers, Hospital Professionals, caregiving, family caregivers, professionals, families, Anxiety, AGE-u-cate Training Insitute, Grief

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