Jan. 18– Understanding Emotional Changes in People Living with Memory Loss
People with dementia often experience their own feelings of loss or even apathy. This Dialogue will explore how to better understand the person’s emotional needs, provide adequate support and increase our own feelings of acceptance.
Feb. 15 - Family Conflict: Weddings, Funerals and Dementia
Life stages can bring out the best in families and the worst. This Dialogue explores practical ways to reach out for help within the family system and when it may be necessary to create your own chosen family.
March 15 - When home is no longer working: How to handle the care transition
Most families want to keep their person with dementia at home as long as possible. As the disease and care needs progress, residential care may be an essential next step. This Dialogue explores common triggers to a transition in care and what you can do to minimize the stress of this change.
April 19 - Caregiver Negative Feelings or (Managing the Negative Emotions from Caregiving)
Caregivers often voice feelings of sadness, frustration and anger that can lead to guilt. These feelings are normal and result from the demands of an unrelenting role. This Dialogue explores how caregivers can effectively manage their emotions so they don’t get the best of you.
May 17 - I have never had a ticket in my life: How to handle driving
Driving is a rite of passage but also one of the most complicated skills. Beyond memory, driving requires judgment, visual spatial skills and reaction times that are significantly impacted by dementia. This Dialogue explores how to tactfully gain control of the wheel.
June 21 - The Role of Genetics: Will I get Alzheimer’s disease?
Fear of the genetic risk is a common feeling when a close relative has a diagnosis of dementia. This Dialogue will explore the important role of genetics as science rolls out prevention studies based on specific genes. This Dialogue will help you explore whether participating in research studies will have benefit.
July 19 - How can I advocate for my person’s needs when he no longer lives at home?
Once your person is in a residential community, you may feel that your have lost control over their care needs. This Dialogue discusses ways to you continue to support your person and strategies to effectively advocate for the best care possible.
August 16 - Helping the person with dementia feel worthwhile
All people need to feel a sense of purpose and value, even those living with dementia. Now is a time to shift thoughts from task completion to involvement so the person with dementia can join in and be their best. This Dialogue will teach caregivers how to incorporate tasks, activities and routines to improve daily life for all.
Sept. 20 - Carving out time for me: How is that even possible?
Concerned friends, family and professionals promote the importance of the caregiver taking time for their own self-care. But, for most, this just seems impossible. This Dialogue explores methods suggested by actual caregivers of ways to carve out small moments of time to focus on wellness in order to lessen feelings of burn-out.
Oct. 18 - Role changes and reversals
Caregivers often feel like they are caring for a child rather than their spouse or parent. This dialogue will uncover the role changes that people experience as they shift from care `partners to caregivers. This Dialogue explores how to manage the feelings that accompany the changes.
Nov. 15 - Facing Financial Issues: Is the rainy day here?
Most people plan to live independently until the end; but with dementia that it unrealistic. Most families are not aware or prepared for the high costs of care over an extended illness like dementia. This Dialogue reviews the logistics of how to plan and pay for care over the course of the disease.
Dec. 20 - Visiting notes for families
Primary caregivers for people with dementia often report feelings of overwhelm, loneliness and social isolation as family members and friends seem to disappear. This Dialogue explores how to stay connected to friends and family and how you can teach them that their presence can offer a connection for the person with dementia and a break for you.
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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Dec. 21– Finding Myself Beyond My Role as Care Partner
Caregiving can be an incredibly rewarding role while also creating feelings of overwhelm. This dialogue will focus on strategies to infuse hope and meaning into your life while, balancing necessary care for you and your person.
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