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Caregiver's Night Out

The Classic to host "Understanding Power of Attorney" event

Preparing for Life with Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Developing a Circle of Care Gives You Superpowers

A Purrfect Addition to the Caregiving Journey

Resolutions of a Caregiver

Caregiving: It's a Marathon Not a Sprint

Role of the Responsible Caregiver

Is it a Going Problem?

Journaling Helps Caregivers Remember the Joy

Memories Sustain Us and Live On

Staying Independent is a Gift

Making Holidays Merry for those with Memory Loss

Caregiver - You're Somebody's Hero

Forgetting is Not Always a Sign of Dementia

Keeping Sibling Relations Strong

Entering the Wandering World

Alzheimer's the Long Goodbye

Capturing the Untold Story

How to Take the Keys?

How Do I Tell Them It's Dementia?

Choose to Live a Positive Life

Modifications Make Summer's Activities Memorable

Are You a Caregiver?

Power of Touch in Memory Loss

Tisket a Tasket Make a Memory Basket

Reuniting with Home

V is for Validation

Upcoming Events

16th Annual Caregiver Resource Fair, Dinner, and Town Hall Meeting  |  November 12, 2018

Save the Date!

The 16th Annual Caregiver Resource Fair, Dinner and Town Hall Meeting is November 12, 2018.

The event will be held at the Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Ave, Eau Claire.

Please pre-register by November 5, 2018 by calling the Aging & Disability Resource Center at (715) 839-4735 or online at www.adrcevents.org.

Download the flyer here

 

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Expressions in Caregiving

When we are stressed, losing sleep, not feeling well or simply agitated what do we do to relieve ourselves? How do we express our frustrations? Do we run away, eat inappropriate foods, yell or scream, strike out, talk nonsensically, get confused…so do those with Alzheimer's disease.

It is easy to forget that the same emotion that you feel as a caregiver your loved one feels too. In fact, in some cases they may simply be mirroring you. That is why it is so important to find appropriate ways to relieve your stress and theirs.

Go for a walk - if you can't walk outdoors, try going to the Mall or making a walking path in the basement or around the house. Make sure it is safe and well lit.

Read a book - if your loved one can no longer read, read to them or get books on CD. Short stories work wonderfully! If nothing else, read the comics and laugh together!!

Dance - turn on the radio or put in a cd of music that you danced to when you were dating. Who cares if you get the steps right!!

Memorialize - write down memories or scrap book pictures of your life together. You can use it as a reminiscence tool now and in the future.

Create - draw, paint or sculpt. Get your hands dirty and let your artsy side out. Remember, stick figures and balls of clay are still considered art…it's all in the eyes of the beholder.

Sing - tune into the music of your mind and have your own sing-a-long or karaoke show. Find sheet music or lyrics on-line to help you fill in the blanks.

Most importantly find a way to express yourself and let out your emotions. Every single one of us has a specific way that we release stress and emotion. It is what helps us to stay focused and centered.

Therefore, it is important that we look for those ways in which our loved one with Alzheimer's and dementia can express themselves too.

By doing this, we may be able to better help them manage their disease and find appropriate ways for dealing with any frustrations or behaviors they may encounter because of their diagnosis.

In addition, as we are helping them, they will be helping us too. For one cannot truly revel in the strength of their own smile, without seeing it reflected back at them!