You have probably already figured out that Caregiving is a complex process for which you were definitely not prepared for. Especially if it involves dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. In fact, unless you have the inauspicious pleasures of being trained specifically for just the illness that your loved one is suffering from, and have learned the ins and outs of the American health care system, you are doing some heavy “On the job training” right this minute!
In order to assist you we offer a variety of webinars that provide you all the information you will need, along with options that you probably didn’t know you had.
Currently, all webinars are free to attended. Some of the
most recent topics have been:
- Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s
A mile wide and an inch deep, this topic addressed everything that families can expect to experience during the course of this illness. For the newer caregiver this is good place to get an aerial view and decide what they want to look at in more detail: placement issues? difficult behaviors? driving and independence? medication concerns? inhome care vs. placement? end of life and hospice?
- Understanding Alzheimer’s and Types of Dementia
Alzheimer’s is said to be a progressive, irreversable, and terminal illness. In its progression, the changes in health, and personality, and care needs change radically, catching most family caregiver unawares. Then there are different types: Lewy Body, Early Onset, and others there are just new being identified.
- Helping Parents with Loss of Independence
If you family member that is diagnosed has been living independently, you are going to face a lot of resistance. Even for those that accept their diagnosis, there is much delussion about how well one can function, and for how long. This can be a very dangerous time for the family. Giving up the car is the most troublesome, but not the only one.
- Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Alzehimer’s: Integrative Medicine.
In the United States we are told that Alzheimer’s is incurable, and only moderately treatable. This is because the FDA will not approve any drug, herbal supplement, tea, or other substance that has not undergone a rigorous double-blind study. The problem is that these qualifing studies cost 10s of millions of dollars and no organization is going to spend this kind of money unless they can make the money back by manufacturing and selling a drug. In this webinar we will disclose preventions, cures and treatments from around the would.
- Home Safety
Similar in spirit to ‘child-proofing’ a house, home saftey for families that are caring for a loved one with dementia is much less predictive that doing it for an infant. Alzheimer’s has profound effects on perception. We go beyond the obvious issues of tripping hazards and fire safety. We cover:
* How to cure night time incontinence
* What colors to use to stimulate appetite, improve sleep, encourage activity,
* What kind of light-bulbs should you use to eliminate anxiety and reduce paranoia.
* Discourage wandering without causing agitation.
- Solving Communication Issues within Families
With little exception there always seems to be one family member that does all of the work, while all the other siblings and relative argue over care decisions. Sometimes there are extremely diverse opinions from family members that need to be discussed and considered in a constructive way. But even when families are on the brink of serious breakdowns, there are tools and methods that are easily agreed upon and gives every member an equal voice. You will be given the tools to do this yourself, or with the option of having a moderator/neutral 3rd party.
- More Care and Better Care for Seniors
Self explanitory, this webinar covers a long list of tools, products, programs and little known ideas for making life simpler for family caregivers.
- Non-dementia issues: The top 7 causes of death in older adults
This webinar covers the “other” common illness of older adults. These other illness can be either the Primary illness for which you are providing care or they might be secondary illnesses behind the Alzheimer’s (we call them co-morbidity). Diabetes, Arthritis, COPD, Cancer, Pneumonia, Parkinsons, etc.
- 11 Tips to Make Personal Care Less Awkward for Families
Family dynamics can create cargiving awkward: Parent’s that deny they have problems, One parant taking care of the other parent, the identifies patient maybe be a spouse, families of divorce, cultural issues, dominance issues, social appearances. The variety of situations is endless. We address the most common, followed by live Q and A, and submitted questions.
2014 Webinar Schedule:
Understanding the Scams Seniors Face
Hospital to Home Preparation for Seniors
Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s
Helping Seniors with Loss of Independence
Understanding the Emotional Aspects of Caregiving — Professional Caregiver Webinar