|Emphasis on Alzheimer’s heightens in September
September is World Alzheimer’s Month – a great time to help families in Sonoma County become aware of new free tools and materials designed to help them care for loved ones who are living with the disease.
As one of the most feared diseases, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis presents many challenges for families living with this disease. Because an estimated 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s live at home, the responsibility of caring for them usually falls on their families, who frequently face – and dread – the unexpected and unknown.
While it may be impossible to predict behaviors exhibited by a person struggling with Alzheimer’s, there are free resources available to help area families cope with whatever situation may arise.
Many family caregivers wake up every day with anxiety and fear because they don’t know how a loved one with Alzheimer’s will act or react. There is a network of support, including free tools and materials available to help family caregivers navigate the challenges that come with caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. I’d like to share it with you now.
In recognition of World Alzheimer’s Month, the Home Instead Senior Care network is offering a number of free resources to help local families who are living with Alzheimer’s, including a free Confidence to Care at Home kit, an at-a-glance collection of information, tips and resources to help handle difficult situations, avoid household accidents, encourage engagement and prevent caregiver stress, that is designed for any member of the household to reference, anytime they need it.
In addition, Home Instead Senior Care has developed Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias Daily Helper, a free smartphone app that families can use to search behaviors and help find solutions when they have to react quickly to a situation. The app, which will be available Sept. 16, is designed to help families manage issues as they arise, whether at home or in public.
According to experts, Alzheimer’s either is or may someday be a reality for about one-third of the families in our community. I want to replace as many of your fears with a sense of confidence that they are equipped to handle any situation.
Join us in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this year on Oct. 19 at Shollenberger Park in Petaluma.
For more information about the Home Instead Senior Care network or its free Alzheimer’s resources, please visit www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com or call the local Home Instead Senior Care office (707) 586-1516.
Julie Ann Anderson is the owner of Home Instead Senior care office in Rohnert Park; mother of two and passionate about healthy living at all ages. Having cared for her parents, she understands your struggles and aims, through her website, www.homeinstead.com/sonoma to educate and encourage seniors and caregivers. Have a caregiving or aging concern? She’d love to hear from you at 586-1516 anytime.