Supporting Individuals Living with Dementia

Resources from experts to support the unique needs of those living with dementia.

A Support Session for Families of Persons Living with Dementia

Contributed by:  In the Moment
www.in-themoment.com

Keren Stobbe and Sonya Barsness will be facilitating FACEBOOK LIVE an online support and education session for family members and friends who are supporting people living with dementia.

Wednesday, April 22, 2:00 PM EDT
https://www.facebook.com/inthemomentstobbe/

Covid-19 Support and Resources

Contributed by: Health Professions Press
www.healthpropress.com

Check out their support and complementary resources including

Tips and Tools

Contributed by: Center for Applied Research in Dementia
www.cen4ard.com

  1. Smelling Jars Activity At a time of limited outside contact, let’s focus on stimulating our senses! This Smelling Jars activity can be done with a small group or one-on-one. It provides practice identifying and discriminating different scents, especially those familiar to participants. It also stimulates long term memories and discussion of those memories.
  2. AGD signs – English External aids can provide extra support for people with memory impairments. AG&D has created these three examples to post within sight of isolated people to help them understand why they are alone, confined to their room, and why their habits have changed.  Adapt the signs to meet the specific needs of an individual, and to prevent or relieve anxiety. To use, read the sign together with the person, ensuring it is meaningful to them, and display it on a wall or table where the person can see it. If possible, the person it is for should help to post it.
  3. AGD Coronavirus short story – English Reading groups can facilitate engagement and interaction, and in this case, help to understand why there have been changes to typical daily routines.  Memory care residents at EHPAD Mathilde Laurent in France have written a story, to be read by other residents, to explain what Coronavirus is and how to stop the spread. Thanks to AG&D Montessori Lifestyle, we have an  English translation to help ease some anxiety and answer questions residents may have. Print a booklet for each person and read as a small group or one-to-one. Add discussion questions along the way to encourage interaction and engagement.

Virtual Roadtrip

Contributed by: AGE-u-cate
www.ageucate.com

AGE-u-cate and its Virtual Road Trip series provides a monthly introduction to some of the most creative voices in the aging and dementia field.

Check out the recordings of prior Virtual Road Trips

Fun, Playful and Up-Lifting Ways to Move Our Bodies, Exercise Our Brains and Release Some Stress.

Move our Bodies and Exercise our Brains with Ageless Grace®

Alzheimer’s Speaks

Contributed by: Alzheimer’s Speaks: Shifting Our Dementia Care Culture
www.alzheimersspeaks.com

Shifting Dementia Care from Crisis to Comfort

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Tips from Megan Hanan, developer of PersonFirst® Program

Contributed by: Action Pact

Action Pact shares a quick little video to share with caregivers and other staff who engage directly with residents, as well as the opportunity to sign up for the FREE weekly email, “In Pursuit of the Sunbeam,” that delivers a printable flyer, more videos  – all with ideas for maximizing normalcy, reducing anxiety and even having fun during the Covid-19 era.

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Healing Moments

Contributed by: Healing Moments for Alzheimer’s

Resources for family and informal caregivers for learning to communicate and connect.

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COVID-19 Resource Center

Contributed by: Dementia Action Alliance

Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) offers a COVID-19 resource center

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