After the Diagnosis: Caregiving Strategies

Caregiving Strategy Lecture

A ‘Caregiver’ is someone who provides any type of physical or emotional care for a loved one or someone with health impairments. Alzheimer’s in the US is on the rise and there are currently over 5 million people diagnosed with the most feared disease for people over 65. Many people are overwhelmed when faced with the need to suddenly care for someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. But HOPE is on the horizon!

The Endeavor Cognitive Health Series is offering a lecture designed to enhance understanding of Alzheimer’s and will explain the various other types of Dementia. We will focus on:

  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Disease
  • Progression
  • Treatment Options

All of these topics will be addressed in a language that can be understood by all and is designed to point people in the right direction for information, care options and treatments.

Dementia Care Education Logo This Endeavor Cognitive Health Series is FREE to the public and is open for individuals interested in the topics, family caregivers and professionals. The lecture will be on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Scottsdale Mustang Library (10101 N. 90th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85258). We will be pleased to hear from Brian Browne, MS, CSA who is currently serving as the Director of Education and Outreach at Banner Research and the President of Dementia Care Education. Mr. Browne has expertise in interpreting the cognitive science of Alzheimer’s and Dementia and offers education, training and research statistics in a way attendees will understand.

Endeavor Cognitive Health Lecture Sponsors

Join us to hear from an industry expert on Alzheimer’s and Dementia cognitive health. Seating is limited and there will be light refreshments served. Please RSVP by calling 480-498-2324 and contact us for any questions on topics in the lecture series.

ABC’s of Alzeheimers and Dementia

The Endeavor Cognitive Health Lecture Series

Are you or someone you love experiencing memory loss?

Alzheimer’s and other various types of Dementia are becoming very common and is one of the most feared diseases for people over 65 years of age. Currently in the United States there are over 5 million people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Enhancing your understanding of common symptoms, the path for diagnosis and disease progression and the best care and treatment options available are important.

The Endeavor Cognitive Health Lecture Series is once again offering the ABC’s of Alzheimer’s and Dementia lecture topic for the public in Gilbert, AZ. Please join us for a FREE lecture that is open to the public and is meant for medical professionals, caregivers, friends and family who are searching for resources and guidance about cognitive health from an industry expert.

Dementia Care Education Lecture Speaker: Brian Browne, MS, CSA
Brian Browne experience in cognitive health has made him a frequent lecturer around the country sharing his expertise in dementia care education and training, Alzheimer’s research, and healthy living for the aging. He is the Director of Education and Outreach at Banner Research and the President of Dementia Care Education.

When: January 11, 2017

Where: The Falls Event Center (4635 E. Baseline Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234)

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Light Refreshments will be served and we ask that you please RSVP by calling 480-498-2324. Endeavor In-Home Care will continue to bring these types of lectures to the public to make needed cognitive resources available. Please contact us for future topics or to share topics that would be beneficial to hear about.

After the Dementia Diagnosis: Exploring Care giving Strategies

The Endeavor Cognitive Health Lecture Series

Your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia- NOW WHAT?!

When a person with Dementia finds that their ability to remember is declining, they often feel vulnerable and in need of reassurance and support. The people closest to them- including their family, friends and caregivers- need to do everything they can to help the person retain their sense of health, identity and feelings of self-worth. As the disease progresses, caring for someone with Dementia becomes increasingly more difficult. Join us and discover facts about Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care Phoenix
The Endeavor Cognitive Health Series is back and will be offering a FREE morning lecture on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 10:00am to noon at Leisure World in Mesa (908 S. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ 85206) Brian Browne, MS, CSA will help attendees discover how common Dementia symptoms can be managed as well as coping techniques and other caregiver strategies to help you and your loved ones find success. Light refreshments will be served and this lecture is available to the public and all friends and family are welcome.

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Please join us for this lecture to learn more about cognitive health from an industry expert. Seating is limited so please RSVP by calling 480-498-2324. Please contact us for any questions on future topics in this lecture series.

Nutrition & the Prevention of Alzheimers- Health Lecture Series

Does nutrition play a role in the prevention of Alzheimer’s?

Researches across the world are racing towards a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But as the prevalence rates for Alzheimer’s increase, the focus of research has broadened from treatment to prevention strategies. It has been discovered that it may be possible to prevent or delay the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias though a combination of diet and nutrition. Join us and learn more about how what you eat and what you do can reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care Phoenix

The Endeavor Cognitive Health Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 10:00am–noon at Leisure World in Mesa (908 South Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85206). At this FREE morning lecture we will hear from Brian Browne who will offer cutting edge research and information from an industry expert’s point of view. This lecture is open to the public and there will be light refreshments served.

Our lecture speaker, Brian Browne MS, CSA, directs education and community outreach initiatives within the science, business and lay communities. As the Director of Education and Outreach at Banner Research and President of Dementia Care Education, he creates partnerships as he interprets dementia and Alzheimer’s science for the community.

The Endeavor In-Home Care team brings this Cognitive Health Lecture Series to the public and welcomes anyone interested in receiving more information on the various topics. This will be the last lecture until we begin again in January 2017. Please contact us for the future topics that will be in this lecture series. There is limited space available for the lectures so please RSVP by calling 480-498-2324.

Can’t Remember- A Health Lecture on Alzheimers & Dementia

Are you or someone you love experiencing memory loss?

If so, you are invited to attend a FREE lecture on the ABC’s of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Dementia Care Phoenix

This lecture is designed to enhance understanding of Alzheimer’s and will explain the various other types of dementia- including symptoms, diagnosis, disease progression and treatment options- all in a language we can all understand! Alzheimer’s disease is the most feared disease for people over 65 but hope is on the horizon. Over 5 million are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the U.S. This lecture is designed to point people in the right direction for information, care and treatment.

The free evening lecture will be given by Brian Browne, MS, CSA who is an industry leader on cognitive health. We encourage professionals, family caregivers, friends or anyone needing resources and guidance on this topic to attend- all are welcome!

  • When: November 7, 2016
  • Where: Room G2 at the Arizona Community Church in Tempe, AZ (9325 S. Rural Rd. Tempe, AZ 85284)
  • Time: Light Dinner & Mingling from 5:00–7:30pm; Lecture is from 5:30-7:30pm

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care Phoenix

Brian Browne is the Director of Education and Outreach at Banner Research and the President of Dementia Care Education. Brian directs education and community outreach initiatives within the science, business and lay communities. In this capacity he interprets the science to the Local, national and international community and creates mutually beneficial strategic partnerships. Brian is a frequent lecturer at meetings and conferences around the country and has expertise in Dementia Care Education and training and Alzheimer’s research.

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The Endeavor In-Home Care brings amazing education directly to the community with our Cognitive Health Lecture Series so needed resources are readily available to the public. There is limited space available at this event, so please RSVP by calling 480-498-2324.

A LOOK AT WANDERING IN PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA

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If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia, you may eventually need to seek senior in-home care assistance. As dementia progresses, patients may no longer be able to feed, clothe, or bathe themselves, and they are at a higher risk of falls, illnesses, injuries, and wandering away from familiar areas. Here is a look at wandering in people with dementia.

What Increases the Risk of Wandering?

If your loved one can no longer remember things accurately, he may be at risk of wandering. Any dementia patient who is mobile, even those who are in the earliest stages of dementia, may become disoriented and confused. Once a doctor has given your loved one a diagnosis of dementia, you should begin planning ahead to lower his risk of wandering and injuries. An elderly in-home care specialist can provide home care assistance that may lower this risk.

What Are the Warning Signs of Wandering?

You should also keep an eye out for the early warning signs of wandering. Speak to your loved one’s doctor about hiring a senior in-home care aide if your loved one begins returning from scheduled activities later than usual, is restless, has trouble locating familiar rooms or places, appears lost in a new environment, or makes repetitive movements or motions with no purpose. Your loved one may also say that he wants to go home, or to another familiar place, when he is already there.

How Can You Prevent Wandering?

You can prevent wandering by working closely with your loved one’s doctor to track and recognize patterns and changes in behavior. You should also be aware of when it is necessary to hire a home care aide or home care assistance. A senior in-home caregiver can monitor your loved one’s activities, assist with medication reminders and chores, and ensure that your loved one remains safe and cared for.

If you’re interested in learning more about in-home assistance in Phoenix, AZ, for a loved one with dementia, come see us at Endeavor Senior In-Home Care. Our experienced, compassionate in-home caregivers will help you determine what level of in-home assistance your loved one needs. Call us today at (877) 584-6162 to speak with a caregiver today.

A FAMILY’S GUIDE TO DEMENTIA BEHAVIORS

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When you are providing in-home care for a loved one with dementia, it is natural to find his or her behavior confusing at times. Knowing how to deal with common dementia behaviors can relieve stress for both you and your elderly loved one. Here is a look at some common behaviors that people with dementia display and how you can cope as a caregiver.

Agitation

Agitation is a common problem even in early stages of dementia, and it often gets worse as dementia progresses. It is frequently triggered by fear, fatigue, and restrictions that makes sufferers feel as though they are losing control. Agitation may manifest as sleeplessness, irritability, and both verbal and physical aggression. These behaviors are particularly common during the evening hours and are referred to as sundowning when they occur at this time. You can keep agitation under control by reducing stimuli that could be irritating, such as high noise levels, and cutting sugar and caffeine intake. Encourage as much independence as possible, and try to stick to a routine. Soft music, walks, and gentle touching can help ease agitation.

Paranoia

People with dementia may become convinced that someone is stealing from them or that there are other conspiracies planned to harm them in some way. Avoid arguing about accusations, and remind other family members to resist doing so. You can ease paranoia by helping your loved one look for missing items or ensuring he or she keeps a small amount of money in a specific place that he or she can check frequently.

Wandering

People with dementia wander for a number of reasons, from boredom to attempts to stave off hunger and thirst. Because wandering can be especially dangerous, consider fitting doors with locks that need keys to be opened from the inside or adding a home monitoring system. Consider daily exercise to help your loved one feel less restless.

The home care providers at Endeavor Senior In-Home Care are trained to recognize and respond to dementia behaviors safely and with compassion. Find out how we can help you meet your needs for in-home care in Mesa, AZ, by calling (877) 584-6162.

HOW DEMENTIA CAN IMPACT EATING HABITS

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If you are considering senior home care services for a loved one with dementia, you may be wondering how you can improve the person’s eating habits. Dementia can cause poor appetite, cognitive impairment, and sensory disabilities, which can all affect her eating habits.

Poor Appetite

There are many reasons why a person with dementia may turn away from food. Depression is commonly seen in dementia sufferers and is associated with loss of appetite, or the person may have trouble communicating that they dislike a particular food, or she may be in pain or uncomfortable. Also, a lack of physical activity throughout the day can result in less hunger. To combat these issues, look for opportunities to encourage the person to eat, make food look and smell appealing, offer regular snacks over the course of the day and encourage her to help with meal choice and preparation.

Cognitive Issues

A person with dementia may have trouble recognizing food and drink which can lead to a missed meal. The damage that dementia causes to the brain may cause unfamiliar food or meals that are presented in a new way not to be seen as edible. Additionally, a lack of concentration is typical in dementia sufferers and can lead the person to be distracted from her meal and to leave it unfinished.

Sensory Issues

Some people with dementia lose their ability accurately gauge the temperature of their food and can end up burning their mouths, lips, tongue, or throat. Also, thirst sensations change with age, and this can affect those with dementia as well. Because they may not realize they’re thirsty, the person can quickly become dehydrated. To ensure that someone suffering from dementia drinks enough, always have a beverage on hand when she is eating, keep drinks nearby or in sight, offer both hot and cold drinks throughout the day, and use cups that are easy to handle.

Endeavor Senior In-Home Care provides quality in-home assistance near Mesa, AZ. To learn how our home care assistance staff can help seniors with dementia, call us today at (877) 584-6162.

WHAT ARE THE EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF DEMENTIA?

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Dementia can be a difficult diagnosis for both the patient and their loved ones. What can be more difficult is the understanding that dementia is typically the result of several symptoms from another disease. When faced with these multiple diagnoses, it’s important to not lose hope, and, if you have it, lean on your in-home care services as well as family and friends.

Memory Loss and Changes

Memory loss, and the effects associated with it, can be a collection of early warning signs. You might notice your loved one having difficulty remembering something that happened just a few minutes or days before. He or she might forget a task from their daily routine, or struggle to find the right word in a conversation. Occasional memory loss is not an automatic diagnosis of dementia, but the collection of symptoms that impair their everyday function might be grounds for a dementia diagnosis.

Mood Changes

Another sign of dementia are frequent mood changes, a personality change, or even a loss of emotion. A change in mood, such as suffering from depression, is common in early dementia. Loved ones or the caregivers from elderly home care are more likely to notice depression or other mood changes, rather than the one suffering from it. This would also be true for a personality change or apathetic outlook on normal activities. Dementia can affect judgment, so personality shifts might be very noticeable.

Difficulty with Simple Tasks

If you or your loved one is having difficulty performing simple, routine tasks, you might have an early sign of dementia. If you’ve played a difficult board game regularly and notice you’re struggling to remember the rules frequently, this could be a sign. Consult your doctor to learn more about dementia and other possibilities for memory loss and mood changes.

When you’re looking for dementia home care assistance, trust the name that aims to provide the best. Endeavor Senior In-Home Care is the expert name in senior in-home care serving Phoenix, AZ. Call us at (877) 584-6162 to schedule your home care services.

EXPLORING THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF DEMENTIA

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Most people are familiar with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, but may not be aware that there are other forms of dementia. If you’re concerned that your loved one is showing signs of dementia, you should consider elderly in-home care. Here is a look at how to recognize the symptoms of the different types of dementia.

Mixed Dementia

People with mixed dementia exhibit symptoms of more than one type of dementia. Doctors used to believe that mixed dementia was rare, but they now understand that it is actually very common. The symptoms of mixed dementia may vary depending upon the other forms of dementia that are present. In many cases, the symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Because mixed dementia is so complex, in-home assistance is almost always necessary.

Vascular Dementia

Vascular dementia is less common than most of the other types of dementia. The condition typically occurs as a result of a head injury or trauma that causes microscopic bleeding and a blockage of blood vessels. The earliest occurring symptoms are impaired judgment, and an inability to make decisions, organize, or plan. Other symptoms can vary widely from person to person, but may include confusion, disorientation, speech problems, vision loss, and difficulty understanding speech.

Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder that results in worsening symptoms over time. The primary symptoms are problems with mobility or movement. Other common symptoms include changes in memory, concentration, and judgment; difficulty interpreting visual information; delusions, sleep problems, and hallucinations; depression, irritability, and anxiety; and speech problems. Alzheimer’s disease is also progressive. Alzheimer’s symptoms include memory and cognition problems, mood changes, communication problems, and mobility difficulties.

If you believe that your loved one is in need of senior in-home care in Phoenix, AZ, come see us at Endeavor In-Home Care. We offer in-home assistance according to your needs and your schedule. We can provide dementia care, medical care, companionship, physical disability support, and hospice support. To learn more about our elderly home care services, call us today at (480) 498-2324.