The best gift you give yourself and your loved one is to capture and preserve his or her stories before they are forgotten forever. Nothing is more powerful, gratifying and healing. One vehicle to capturing your loved one’s stories is through an updated ancient tradition called a legacy letter.
About Christy Schmid
Christy is the daughter of John and Holly Schmid (owners of Best Alzheimer's Products). She began working with her parents to help with marketing and design and has since learned a lot about caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease. She enjoys hearing and sharing people's stories so that everyone can learn from them. You can find a lot of them on this blog!
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We often get calls and emails from overwhelmed Alzheimer’s caregivers looking for help. We received an email yesterday from a frustrated caregiver and thought we would share it with the community in hopes it will help others in the same position.
We were on a call last week with Alzheimer’s caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s talking about ways to make the holidays easier for everybody involved. Here are some of the main points of this conversation:
A couple of us from Best Alzheimer’s Products attended the The 2013 National Adult Day Services Conference in Louisville, KY. I attended Person-Centered Approaches to Challenging Behaviors, given by Beth Meyer-Arnold and Lyn Geboy. Person centered care is something we have always advocated, but I was still able to learn a lot about creating an environment that is truly person centered.
Adult day service centers provide a coordinated program of professional and compassionate services for adults in a community-based group setting. Services are designed to provide social and some health services to adults who need supervised care in a safe place outside the home during the day.
Seventy-five percent of caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias reported that they were “somewhat” to “very concerned” about maintaining their own health since becoming a caregiver1. If there is an Alzheimer’s caregiver in your life, reach out and offer to help.
improving the quality of life for those living with the disease and their families. This means a coordinated strategy that values, supports and encourages non-drug approaches and subsequent research with the same devotion as drug research,” Angela Lunde, Mayo Clinic health education outreach coordinator, says in her Alzheimer’s blog.
In his late seventies, Lester was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. When his family could no longer take care of him, he was entered into an adult daycare facility. A volunteer taught him how to paint with watercolors. It was there that a miracle occurred. Being involved in the creative arts improved Lester’s cognition, mood, and behavior and it allowed his wife and primary caregiver some respite.
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