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The Benefits of Professional Dementia Care at Home

Although an astounding number of older adults are dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, an even greater number of family members are struggling with caring for them. Surprisingly, nearly 75% of family caregivers are managing their senior loved ones’ dementia care needs by themselves, with only 26% reaching out for professional care support. 

Naturally, families want to do all they can to satisfy their senior loved ones’ needs, but dementia caregiving can result in an exceedingly high level of both mental and physical stress. This takes a toll regarding the caregivers’ own general health over time, specifically when the disease progresses. And many family members think there is an all-or-nothing approach: either oversee the senior’s needs at home, or face moving him or her into residential care. 

Endeavor Home Care, fortunately, offers an alternative that is beneficial to seniors with dementia and to their family caregivers: the addition of certified in-home dementia caregivers to offer as much or as little respite care as needed. Read on to learn more about why dementia care at home is highly beneficial:   

  • Highly trained care. Because our care providers are both skilled and experienced in the numerous intricate components of Alzheimer’s disease, along with other types of dementia, they can proactively cope with, and more successfully manage, even the most challenging of behaviors, like wandering, aggression, and sundowning, among others.  
  • Enhanced safety. The possibility of accidents is increased for everyone with dementia. Even something which seems as easy as helping your family member into the shower or onto the toilet may pose a dangerous fall risk. Trained caregivers understand how to look for and prevent falls, keeping both you and your cherished loved one safe from personal injury. 
  • Sustainable aging in place. Sometimes, family caregivers become so stressed with attempting to meet all of a senior loved one’s needs in tandem with their own that a move to a residential dementia care facility seems inevitable. But working together with a specialist in dementia care opens up the possibility of long-term, effective care in the home.  
  • Ease of mind. Understanding your loved one is in capable hands allows you to take a breath, relax, and step away from the stresses of caregiving in order to alleviate stress and the prospect of caregiver burnout and depression.  

It’s best to look into in-home dementia care choices at the beginning of the disease, to accommodate a more seamless transition and also to make certain that your loved one receives the best dementia care at home from the startContact our Mesa senior care team at 480-498-2324 to ask about a consultation in the comfort of home, where we can establish a highly individualized plan of care that will improve wellbeing for your loved one today, and as needs change in the future. See our full Arizona service area at the bottom of our website. 

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Two Alzheimer’s Treatments that Reduce the Most Severe Symptoms

The most up-to-date Alzheimer’s statistics are worrying. The disease has become the 6th leading cause of death, rising above both breast and prostate cancer together. And while deaths from several chronic conditions, including cardiovascular illnesses, are declining, those from Alzheimer’s have jumped more than 100%. The toll the disease takes on family caregivers is similarly staggering, with more than 16 million Americans supplying over 18 billion hours of caregiving for a member of the family with Alzheimer’s. 

Although we’ve yet to find a cure for the disease, there are two distinct types of Alzheimer’s treatments which can help reduce a number of the more prevalent signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. In the event a senior you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, listed below are two options the doctor may suggest: 

  1. Cholinesterase inhibitors: By hindering the breakdown of acetylcholine, a compound required for memory, attention, learning and muscle activity, these prescription drugs can provide some success for the mild to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s for some patients. Dr. Zaldy Tan, medical director for the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program, warns however, to be aware that results are going to be limited at best. “The best case scenario is that the patient’s memory and cognitive function may improve slightly to what it was six months to a year ago – it’s not going to turn back time,” he explains. Included in this class of medications are galantamine (Razadyne), donepezil (Aricept) and rivastigmine (Exelon).  
  1. Memantine: In the moderate to severe stages of the disease, the doctor may recommend memantine (Namenda) which takes an alternative approach compared to the cholinesterase inhibitors, avoiding the overstimulation of glutamate NMDA receptors which often will help restore limited memory functionality. Doctors will frequently add memantine to a patient’s care plan alongside a cholinesterase inhibitor once the disease advances. 

Determining the effectiveness of these treatments takes patience, as each takes 4 to 6 weeks before benefits is will be realized. And, it is crucial to weigh the benefits against any negative effects, which could include confusion and constipation in memantine, and nausea, vomiting and a reduced heart rate with cholinesterase inhibitors. 

One of the best ways to help individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease live life to the fullest is through employing the services of a specially trained caregiver who understands and will help manage the assorted struggles of dementia. Contact Endeavor Home Care at 480-498-2324 for more information on our professional, compassionate Phoenix home care services and learn how we can help a family member with Alzheimer’s.

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

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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  on Dementia Care in Gilbert 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.

Can’t Remember- A Health Lecture on Alzheimer’s & 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.

Alzheimer's Care Chandler, AZ

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.

Sunrise Senior Living

The Endeavor In-Home Care team in Alzheimer’s care in Chandler, AZ 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.

THE ROLE OF SLEEP AND EXERCISE IN MAINTAINING A HEALTHY MEMORY

Maintaining a healthy memory as one grows older is a concern for many seniors, given the risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. A growing body of research suggests that sleep and exercise play an integral role in supporting brain health. Since exercising can be challenging for some seniors with mobility impairments, a caregiver from a senior in-home care agency can lend a helping hand.

Watch this video to hear more about these studies. You’ll learn that the quality of sleep is just as important as the length of sleep for protecting the brain against changes associated with dementia. You’ll also hear from an expert on the types of exercise that can prove most beneficial for seniors.

Here at Endeavor In-Home Senior Care, the safety and well-being of our clients are our top priorities, which is why our caregivers assist seniors with mobility and exercise. If you or a loved one requires senior in-home care in the Phoenix, AZ area, you can contact our home care assistance agency at (877) 584-6162.