Just a few hours left to save 25% on your registration! – Alzheimer’s disease

Just a few hours left to save 25% on your registration!

Zoltan, you’ve probably started thinking about who will be on your team and what you’ll do together on The Longest Day®, June 20, 2016. This is our day to do what we love to honor those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
But the first step is to register. If you sign up by midnight tonight, you’ll save 25% on your registration.
Your early-bird registration discount is our little way of thanking you for ypur support. So take a moment to sign up today, while you can still save 25% on your registration. Simply sign upby midnight tonight, and you’ll be ready to honor those fighting Alzheimer’s on The Longest Day and every day.
REGISTER BY MIDNIGHT AND SAVE 25%!

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Did you download your infographic? – Alzheimer’s disease

Did you download your infographic? – Alzheimer’s disease

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to download theKnow the 10 Signs infographic we recently sent you. This easy-to-understand visual guide is designed to educate people about early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, which allows families to plan earlier for the care and support they need.

Stand with us in our fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Resources like our Know the 10 Signs infographic are only made possible thanks to your generous support. With more than 5 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s, it’s more vital than ever that we continue to provide important resources like this in the future.
Your donation today will fund more local support and educational services for those impacted by this devastating disease. It will also advance innovative research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.
Please download our Know the 10 Signs infographic today. Thank you so much for your support. Together, we can work to eliminate this cruel disease.
Sincerely,

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19 opportunities to learn during March -Alzheimer’s Disease

19 opportunities to learn during March -Alzheimer’s Disease

If you are curious about memory loss, look at The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. If you need specific knowledge or just something to make your life easier, try Learning to Connect, Healthy Habits for a Healthier You or learn about Effective Communication Strategies. No matter where you are in the journey we have a program that will help.

 

There are currently 64 education program events listed in our database. To view and register for our events, use the search tool below.

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Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Legal and Financial Planning

Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle-Stage Caregivers

Caregiver Stress: Relief, Acceptance and Empowerment

Understanding Early Memory Loss

Dementia Conversations

Healthy Habits for a Healthier You

Alzheimer’s Research: Get Informed, Get Involved

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Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior

Your Service, Your Health, Our Focus

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Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research

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Creating a daily plan can help caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s

Creating a daily plan can help caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s

Daily routines can be helpful for both caregivers and people living with Alzheimer’s disease. A planned day allows you to spend less time trying to figure out what to do and more time on activities that provide meaning and enjoyment.

Daily routines can be helpful for both you — the caregiver — and the person with Alzheimer’s. A planned day allows you to spend less time trying to figure out what to do, and more time on activities that provide meaning and enjoyment.

Organizing the day

Remember to make time for yourself, or include the person with dementia in activities that you enjoy – for example, taking a daily walk.

A person with Alzheimer’s or other progressive dementia will eventually need a caregiver’s assistance to organize the day. Structured and pleasant activities can often reduce agitation and improve mood. Planning activities for a person with dementia works best when you continually explore, experiment and adjust.

Before making a plan, consider:

  • The person’s likes, dislikes, strengths, abilities and interests
  • How the person used to structure his or her day
  • What times of day the person functions best 
  • Ample time for meals, bathing and dressing
  • Regular times for waking up and going to bed (especially helpful if the person with dementia experiences sleep issues or sundowning)

Make sure to allow for flexibility within your daily routine for spontaneous activities.

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the abilities of a person with dementia will change. With creativity, flexibility and problem solving, you’ll be able to adapt your daily routine to support these changes.

Checklist of Daily Activities to Consider

  • Household chores
  • Mealtimes
  • Personal care
  • Creative activities (music, art, crafts)
  • Intellectual (reading, puzzles)
  • Physical
  • Social
  • Spiritual

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Writing a plan

When thinking about how to organize the day, consider:

  • What activities work best? Which don’t? Why? (Keep in mind that the success of an activity can vary from day-to-day.)
  • Are there times when there is too much going on or too little to do?
  • Are spontaneous activities enjoyable and easily completed?

Don’t be concerned about filling every minute with an activity. The person with Alzheimer’s needs a balance of activity and rest, and may need more frequent breaks and varied tasks.

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Daily plan example (for early- to middle-stages of the disease)

Morning

– Wash, brush teeth, get dressed
– Prepare and eat breakfast
– Have coffee, make conversation
– Discuss the newspaper, try a craft project, reminisce about old photos
– Take a break, have some quiet time
– Do some chores together
– Take a walk, play an active game

Afternoon

– Prepare and eat lunch, read mail, wash dishes
– Listen to music, do crossword puzzles, watch TV
– Do some gardening, take a walk, visit a friend
– Take a short break or nap

Evening

– Prepare and eat dinner, clean up the kitchen
– Reminisce over coffee and dessert
– Play cards, watch a movie, give a massage
– Take a bath, get ready for bed, read a book

In general, if the person seems bored, distracted or irritable, it may be time to introduce another activity or to take time out for rest. The type of activity and how well it’s completed are not as important as the joy and sense of accomplishment the person gets from doing it.

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Sign up for March’s educational program by phone – Alzheimer’s disease

Sign up for March’s educational program by phone

Join us on March 8 from noon to 1 p.m. for an educational program by phone on, Sundowning, Sleeplessness and Alzheimer’s: How To Cope in the Evening.
Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease can not only have a tough time making it through the day, but the nights can be especially challenging. Day and night can become confused, and late afternoons can be difficult due to a variety of contributing factors.

ducational Programs by Phone

Cost: None.

Registration
Register online below or to register by mail or fax, click here to download form.

Dates and time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Program

Day

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Sundowning, Sleeplessness and Alzheimer’s: How To Cope in the Evening
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
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Minds in Motion: What’s The Best Way To Exercise Your Brain?
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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Making the Move: Choosing a Nursing Home, Alzheimer’s Unit or Assisted Living Facility
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
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Successful Daily Plans for a Person With Alzheimer’s disease
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
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Listen to past Audio Conferences

Program and Date

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Paying For Alzheimer’s Care: What Resources are Available?
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“Overwhelmed? Run, Don’t Walk to Get Help Now!”
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Tune In to Music: It is a Powerful Tool

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Specific Strategies You Can Use Today for Helping People with Memory Loss
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Description:
Are you too busy to attend an in-person education program? Our Educational Program by Phone are designed for busy people who aren’t able to attend a program outside of their home or office. Registration is easy–call or click (see below) and you will receive a toll free number to call, and materials to follow along during the program. Call from your home, office, or car. You can listen in, or if you’d like, you can even ask questions of our expert speakers.

Sundowning, Sleeplessness & Alzheimer’s: How To Cope in the Evening
Sue Sklar, Manager, Education & Outreach
Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter
Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease can not only have a tough time making it through the day, but the nights can be especially challenging. Day and night can become confused, and late afternoons can be difficult due to a variety of contributing factors. We will look at those factors and discuss effective strategies for dealing with late day confusion, lethargy and sleeplessness.

Minds in Motion: What’s The Best Way To Exercise Your Brain?
Sandy Burgener, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor Emerita, University of Illinois
There is a growing body of evidence that shows the incredibly positive impact certain physical activities have on brain health. The great news is that the impact is positive for both persons with dementia and those who are in early cognitive decline. Join us for this important audio conference and learn which types of physical activity show the most promise for supporting brain health.

Making the Move: Choosing a Nursing Home, Alzheimer’s Unit or Assisted Living Facility
Lee Moriarty, CTRS ,
Illinois Pioneer Coalition Founding Board Member and
Consumer Project Manager
Moving our loved ones to a residential facility can be one of the hardest decisions we are faced with. Safety, affordability, quality care, fun and friendship all factor into this important decision. Join us to learn a step by step decision-making process, and receive a workbook that will help guide you through this transition.

Successful Daily Plans for a Person With Alzheimer’s disease
Hadi Pagonis, Manager, Education & Outreach
Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter
If you want to hit a home run when caring for a person with memory loss, it helps to have a game plan that is heavily focused on activities. Being an arm chair quarterback and saying, “Hey, why don’t you work on your crafts now?” just won’t work. Managing our energy while helping the person with memory loss to be actively engaged will bring satisfaction and fun to all. Join us to score some strategies for fun!

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