Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be especially stressful without a proper understanding of the disease and its effects. Additionally, research has shown that certain caregiving techniques can improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s. At Home Independent Living in the Syracuse, New York area walks hand in hand with families through the progression of their loved one’s disease, offering quality in-home care while teaching communication tips and how to handle troubling behaviors, providing mind-stimulating activities and educating on the effects of one’s environment.
Below are a variety of resources that can help you learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s.
2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures
When facing an Alzheimer’s diagnosis or caring for a loved one with the disease, it’s good to know the facts. This helpful guide covers all aspects, from early detection and diagnosis to how to pay for home care.
Alzheimer’s Poetry Project
The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project is based on a simple idea: to read classic poems to people living with Alzheimer’s disease that they might have learned as children and help spark memories. For someone in the late stages of Alzheimer’s who has a hard time holding a conversation or in some cases even speaking, it can be quite moving when you see that person respond to the poems by saying words along with the reader.
Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out
Read a blog and explore a website from a PH.D. who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Red Johnson: A Poem About Living with Alzheimer’s Disease
Red Johnson poignantly reminds us that even though a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he or she is still a person with basic needs and feelings.
Using Meaningful Objects to Spark Memories
Connecting with someone in the later stages of Alzheimer’s can be difficult. This article discusses how using objects and activities that the person loves can not only create a connection, but make that person feel like he or she is making a useful contribution.
Tips for Managing Common Alzheimer’s Symptoms and Behaviors
HelpGuide provides a comprehensive look at common Alzheimer’s symptoms and behaviors and offers caregiver tips on how to manage them.
Contact At Home Independent Living to learn if your clients or loved ones could be a good fit for our specialized in-home Alzheimer’s and dementia care.