January- Dementia Jargon Surrounding Diagnosis
A diagnosis of dementia forces a “new normal” and with that comes new terminology that is often foreign. This Dialogue will review the most common terms and acronyms used during the diagnostic process to help “PWD” and “CG” communicate more effectively with the health care team.
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February –Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
People living with MCI are experiencing notable changes in memory and thinking while still functioning at a fairly high level. However, many are at risk for developing dementia. This Dialogue will review what MCI is and what can be done to help those with MCI live their best.
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March – Non-Alzheimer’s Dementias
Although there are some common features in all dementias, non-Alzheimer’s dementias have noticeable differences in symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and care. This Dialogue will review the most prevalent types of non-AD dementias (FTD, LBD and VaD) and outline treatment and care needs for each.
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April –Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease: What Is It?
There are a number of subtle changes that occur in memory, thinking, emotion and function in the person with early stage AD. This Dialogue will review common changes associated with early AD, treatment options, and important health care, legal, and financial decisions that should be addressed.
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May 18 – Early Alzheimer’s disease: Living Day to Day
Fatigue, change, and overwhelm become enemies of the person living with early stage AD. Now is the time when caregivers will benefit from using a daily routine and negotiating how to partner in tasks like medication management. Join this Dialogue and learn these and other useful strategies for living day to day.
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June 15 – Early Alzheimer’s Disease: Staying Involved and Connected
Successful participation in activities is more than possible when living with early AD. Making mindful accommodations while seeking old and new opportunities for engagement can promote meaning. This Dialogue will review how to tweak familiar activities and seek new options to stay involved.
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July 20 –Moderate Alzheimer’ Disease: What Is It?
As the person progresses to moderate stage disease, changes are more notable as the person now relies on assistance for most aspects of daily life. In addition, changes in mood, personality and behavior often feel perplexing to the caregiver. This Dialogue will review common changes associated with moderate AD, treatment options, and important considerations in managing behaviors, sleep, pain and more.
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Aug. 17 –Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease: Facilitating Care Needs
You will find your role as caregiver changing as that of a partner from early stages to more hands on in moderate stage. Join this Dialogue to learn how to help your person manage day to day tasks, keep them safe, and options for outside help.
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Sept. 21–Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease: Maintaining Connections
Now is the time when 24/7 care is required and both you and your person need to stay connected to family, friends and meaningful activities. But how can you do this when there is so much to do? This dialogue will outline methods of finding respite care to meet the needs of the caregiver and options to keep the person engaged with activities and others.
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Oct. 19 –Advanced Dementia: What Is It?
Advanced dementia presents many challenges to both the person and caregiver as there is now complete dependency for all daily living activities. Behavior now becomes the method of communication and caregivers are called upon to make important decisions to promote comfort until death. Join this Dialogue to learn the nuances of advanced dementia and what powerful tools you can use to ensure comfort.
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Nov. 16 –Honoring the Spirit of the Person With Advanced Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease/dementia is a disease of the brain – not of the spirit. And, despite the losses caused by dementia, there are still many opportunity to connect with your person. Join this Dialogue and learn a variety of practical strategies to stay engaged with your person and to continue to create memories for you.
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