To assist individuals and families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss, the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging (CCHA) has published the free Dementia Caregiver Resource Guide.
“This is a great resource for caregivers, created by experts in the field with years of experience of helping families and caregivers manage the dementia disease process,” CCHA program director Wendy Martinson, RN, MSN, said in the organization’s press release.
The resource guide was made possible through a $2.1 million grant awarded last year by the state Department of Social Services and funded by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Topics include an overview of dementia, understanding behaviors, good communication, safety issues, structuring a day with activities, handling legal and financial matters, and taking care of the caregiver. The guide also offers resources including related books and websites.
Patty O’Brian and Michelle Wyman, LSW, Alzheimer’s and dementia specialists with the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging, compiled the publication.
“Caring for a loved one with dementia is challenging, requiring new learning and the willingness to accept help from others,” Wyman said in the release. “This guide is intended to give caregivers a better understanding of the disease process as well as tips for new ways to communicate and care for their loved one. Our goal is to empower caregivers to feel confident and successful with their caregiving role so that they can continue to have a positive relationship with their loved one.’
The guide is available at Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging locations or on the website cthealthyaging.org; click on “Dementia Care Resource Guide.”
Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging is located at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley and New Britain General campuses, MidState Medical Center, and Meriden Senior Center LaPlanche Clinic. For more information, call 1-877-424-4641 or visit cthealthyaging.org.
The Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging, a not for profit member of Central Connecticut Senior Health Services and a Hartford HealthCare Partner, is a resource and assessment center designed to enhance access to services and information related to attaining optimal quality of life for seniors and their caregivers.
For more information, visit their website at www.ctseniorcare.org or view the guide at https://www.hhcseniorservices.org/Content/Dementia_Caregiver_Resource_Guide.asp