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Understanding and Managing Dementia-Related Behavior Changes

A loved one with dementia will experience many changes as the disease progresses. Though dementia is most commonly associated with memory loss, the changes dementia causes to the brain impact more than just memory—personality and behavior can be affected as well. We may feel that a loved one with dementia isn’t “acting like themselves” or that their actions might be “uncharacteristic.” Sometimes this can manifest in small ways, like being less alert than usual, or being more talkative around strangers. Other times, they may say or do something much more difficult to handle, like having an outburst of anger in public or making a sexually inappropriate comment. 

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By Julie Hayes | 08/16/2021

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I Can’t Be the Caregiver Anymore: How to Transition from Your Role

Becoming a caregiver to an older loved one is a big commitment, and like other commitments in life—wedding vows between spouses, the responsibilities of parenting—it can often feel binding. Many of those who become caregivers do so with the intentions of staying in this role until their loved one passes away. However, this is not always possible or realistic.

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By Julie Hayes | 08/16/2021

The Caregiver's Guide to Estate Planning: How to Prepare for Yours and Your Loved One's Futures

When was the last time you and your loved one had a discussion about estate planning? If you’re like many people, it’s probably been a while. This webinar will discuss what important financial and medical documents are necessary in case of an emergency, and what to do in those situations. Having these items prepared and organized will not only protect your loved one, but as a caregiver it will give you peace of mind to know that everything is taken care of in advance.

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By Rachel Slomovitz | 08/12/2021

Behavioral Interventions: When Caring for Someone with Dementia

This webinar incorporates the most current research about dementia care, effective practical strategies, and useful resources in identifying causes of common behavioral symptoms and effective interventions. This program, initiated as part of a grant awarded to the greater Toledo area by the U.S. Department of Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), Alzheimer’s and Dementia Program Initiative incorporates curriculum from the state of Minnesota, Act on Alzheimer’s, and we are now excited to present this as a part of the new ACL project to expand dementia capable communities in Cuyahoga, Washington, and Athens counties.

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By Marty Williman, Lyndi Winzeler, Jennifer Wolfe, Lauri Scharf | 07/22/2021

An older adult chatting with their caregiver

Helping an Older Loved One Living Alone with Dementia

Many assume that older adults who live alone inevitably transition into assisted living when diagnosed with dementia, but this is not the case. Around one third of people with dementia live on their own, in their own homes. While it does not pose as many concerns in the early-stages of dementia, this arrangement may become increasingly risky in the middle- and late-stages. As a caregiver, you may feel pressure to move in with your loved one or vice versa, or else find them an assisted living arrangement, even if your loved one does not want to leave their home.

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By Julie Hayes | 07/15/2021