Come join us every first Wednesday of the month at our Caregiver Compassion Circle, where you can share your own challenges with care giving and learn self care skills. Our next "circle" is on June 7th. To register, please call (831)459-6639 or register online at: http://www.delmarcaregiver.org/events.html
On May 31st, the Family Caregiver Alliance will be hosting a free webinar with Carole Larkin, an expert in Alzheimer's and Dementia care, from 11am-12pm online. To register for this class, please sign up here.
Dementia Proofing Your Home
Accidents in the home are one of the major reasons for the hospitalization of someone with a dementia. Hospitalizations are particularly fraught for an individual with dementia and their caregiver, as these may result in negative outcomes, including speeding up the disease itself.
This webinar will identify common dangers in the home for an individual with dementia, and explain ways that a home can be made safer so that accidents and medical emergencies can be prevented. Rooms in the house where the greatest danger is found are specifically addressed, in addition to strategies to combat wandering outside the home.
1. Identify the parts of a plan to increase safety in the home for people with a dementia.
2. Identify the rooms of the house with the greatest danger and name three ways in each room that the room can be made safer for the person with dementia.
3. Identify three actions that may be useful in preventing a person with dementia from wandering out of the house
Speaker: Carole Larkin
Carole Larkin MA, CMC, CAEd, DCP, EICS, is a gerontologist, and expert in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. She is a certified Alzheimer’s educator, a dementia care practitioner, an excellence in care specialist at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, a certified geriatric care manager, and owner of ThirdAge Services LLC. Carol specializes in helping families with Alzheimer’s and dementia issues.
Alliance on Aging will be hosting a FREE presentation to learn the basics of Medicare! The first presentation is for today, May 22nd in Pacific Grove. For more information please call
Driving a car represents freedom and independence for many of us, and it helps older adults to feel more satisfied and in control of their lives. Millions of people drive after their 65th birthdays: 81% of people 65-years-old and older held driver’s licenses as of 2015.
However, when people begin to experience age-related physical and mental changes, driving can become more difficult and dangerous. New resources developed based on tools from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and available on HealthinAging.org can help you and older adults you know chart a course toward safe driving habits (and finding transportation alternatives when the time comes). Please click the link below for more information on safety and when it's time to stop driving.
To register before May 6th, follow this link: https://www.ccvna.com/life-after-the-diagnosis.htm#register
Across the US, it is estimated that there are nearly 34 million Americans providing unpaid care to older adults age 50 years and above. Caregivers put in nearly 20 hours of work a week on top of their regular jobs. Burnout and exhaustion are realities among caregivers who cannot cope with the rigorous demands of caring for a loved one or family member with disabilities.
Caregiving entails many tasks requiring the person to use both physical and mental capabilities. Meal preparation, personal hygiene & sanitation, cleaning, administrative work, medication assistance and shopping are some of the duties of a caregiver. Emotional support and listening to the elderly are also part of their tasks. To ensure that caregivers remain effective in helping the elderly, sharing the work of caregiving is essential; it is not possible to do everything without suffering from physical exhaustion and mental fatigue. Tasks can be shared among other family members or outsourced to professional health workers to reduce the burden on the primary caregivers. Here is an article that explains how to improve the lives of caregivers.
Del Mar Caregiver Resource Center
Helping family caregivers care for their loved ones and themselves.