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Evidence-Based Programs: How They Help Caregivers of People Living with Dementia

Dr. David Bass, Senior Vice President, Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Center for Research and Education at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, discusses evidence-based programs, how they can help individuals with dementia and their family and friend caregivers, and how to access them in your area.

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By Dr. David Bass | 09/16/2021

Communicating a Loved One’s Health and Dementia Behaviors to Children

Finding out that a family member has dementia and providing care for them can be full of both challenges and meaningful moments. It also impacts the whole family. When we add children into the mix, certain situations can get even more difficult to handle. Many of us may be struggling with how to communicate a loved one’s health or dementia-related behaviors to young children, such as a loved one’s grandchildren, especially regarding what to say and how to say it. However, having these important discussions can also be a positive shifting point in our relationships with them.

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By Kerstin Yoder | 09/15/2021

Creative Arts Programming for Older Adults

Finding meaningful ways to engage with an older loved one can be a challenge, especially during the pandemic. For those looking for an activity to do together with a loved one—whether indoors or outdoors—creative arts may be a good place to start! Helping a loved one get in touch with their creative side can offer many benefits and may be easier to do than we think. 

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By Ashlee Cordell | 09/15/2021

Making the Transition to Long Term Care a Successful Choice

Have you made the decision to transition your loved one to long-term care? This can change your role as a caregiver and return your relationship with your loved one to one that is more personal and familial. How can you make this a decision that both incorporates your loved one’s preferences and supports their personal values? This webinar will discuss important topics for this transition, including the assessment process, how to communicate with long-term care facilities and care planning.

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By Lauri Scharf | 09/01/2021

Together We Walk: A Dementia Journey

Each individual’s journey with dementia is unique. This webinar led by the Hospice of the Western Reserve will provide information on the types of dementia and their effects on the brain, and introduce participants to just some of the experiences of people living with dementia. Through this interactive presentation, you will develop a deeper understanding of how these individuals navigate the world, and how hospice can support them and their family and friend caregivers. Our goal is to be able to better care for our loved ones and neighbors by walking a mile in their shoes. Lastly, you will learn from Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging about an evidence-based care-coaching program, BRI Care Consultation™, that is available for free in Cuyahoga, Athens and Washington Counties to support individuals with, or at risk of, dementia, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their caregivers.

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By Sally Tomko | 08/30/2021