One on one, in a family conference, or in a peer support group, this service assists the individuals with the disease as well as the caregivers to cope with the consequences of the disease.
The many challenges include:
- Long distance care provision
- Respecting the expressed wishes of the person diagnosed
- Balancing independence and safety
- Navigating services and treatment options
- Finding strategies to manage symptoms
- Loss of friends, employment, skills, memory
- Addressing legal and financial issues
Our caseworkers understand these issues and they strive to compassionately assist both the person with Alzheimer Disease and caregivers through education and support.
This personalized service provides programming for individuals with Alzheimer Disease or a related dementia while simultaneously providing caregivers with a day to themselves. Sadly, a degenerative disease brings with it many losses which may lead to isolation and increased caregiver burden.
Our day program team is empathetic to these issues and focuses on celebrating to successes by assisting each individual to achieve and maintain their optimum level of functioning.
The Society works with partners to develop and provide education programs for the general public, family members, individuals with dementia, volunteers and members of the health care team.
Through First Link, Transitions in Care, a specialized resource library, a quarterly newsletter and customized training initiatives, we are able to assist in recognizing and addressing the cognitive, personal and social challenges brought about by the disease process. Recognizing the person behind the disease is at the core of everything we do.
The Society contributes to the funding of research in the cause, treatment, care strategies and cure for Alzheimer Disease.
Please view the list of warning signs.
If you see these changes in yourself, take the first step – get a diagnosis. If you are a family member or friend, information can assist you to cope. The Alzheimer Society exists in your community and is here to help.
Last Updated: 09/11/12