Caregiver Tips

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Welcome to Alzheimer’s LA’s Caregiver Tips video series!  Each one highlights a common concern, drawn from the real-life experiences of caregivers, and shares practical advice that you can use today.

Caring for a person who has dementia can be very stressful.
But your well-being is just as important as your loved ones’.

The fear that your mom could one day wander off is real… how do you keep her safe?

Have you ever heard the phrase “Therapeutic Fibs?” What exactly does this mean and how can you use this approach yourself?

You want to offer the best support to your loved one and keep everyone safe, including yourself. How can you make this situation with your grandmother more positive?

The challenge to maintain good hygiene is faced by many caregivers. You want to know how to make this a less stressful routine.

Dividing your time between so many major responsibilities is draining.
How do you manage feeling guilty when your best doesn’t feel like enough?

Getting your dad’s affairs in order can encompass many things, so where do you start?

You’ve received devastating news and, even if you were expecting it, figuring out how to move forward can seem challenging.

Your loved one is showing signs of paranoia and unusual thoughts… How do you deal with this new and alarming behavior?

Differentiating between normal forgetfulness due to aging or a more serious disease is complicated…

It is common for people living with Alzheimer’s or dementia to become sad or depressed. They may stop seeing friends, or friends may stop seeing them. They may lose interest in the things they used to do. They may stop eating, have trouble sleeping, or sleep too much. These can be signs of depression. Learn what you can do to improve the situation and help them cope.

When you are taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you may be challenged with maintaining their well-being. It’s important to keep them active and social, but as time goes on, you may need some new ideas. Learn tips to keep your loved one’s mind and body active AND their spirits up.

A person with Alzheimer’s or dementia may need help with taking their medicine. Taking too much, too little, or not following the directions can be dangerous. Learn strategies to keep them healthy & safe.

Over time, driving gets harder for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia and at some point, they will need to stop. This can be very hard as it feels like they are losing their freedom. It adds another responsibility for family members and caregivers. Yet their safety and the safety of others is most important. Learn how to navigate this process and keep everyone safe.

It may surprise you that sex can be an issue for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. But sex and wanting to feel connected is a natural and basic human need that those affected still have. However, they may not process these feelings the way they used to, and this can result in hyper-sexualized behavior, verbally or physically, toward themselves or other people ─ including strangers. Learn how to address this situation when it happens and know when to ask for medical help.

A person with Alzheimer’s or dementia may become more confused or nervous later in the day ─ often as the sun sets. This is called sundowning. They may see or hear things that are not there, accuse people of things that aren’t true, and may pace or walk back and forth. Learn why this happens and what you can do to avoid or minimize this behavior.

A person with Alzheimer’s or dementia may have trouble knowing when something is dangerous or making safe decisions. Learn simple things you can do to help them feel more relaxed and less confused at home which can help prevent accidents.

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, your relationship may change dramatically as the disease progresses. At times, you may experience feelings of loss & grief because of those changes. Learn tips to help you cope with your emotions while you provide care for someone who you can no longer rely on the way you used to.

Activities of Daily Living

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Caring for a person with dementia means facing challenges in managing and maintaining their health.

Caring for Those with Alzheimer’s: African American Voices

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In recognition of the hard work and dedication of African American caregivers, Alzheimer’s Los Angeles, with funding from the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, has created three short videos featuring local families caring for their family member with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

In these videos, families share information about warning signs, going beyond the stigma of the disease, and getting help to assist them on their journeys.

Jacqueline had to juggle her career with caring for her mother, as she struggled to adapt to her new role as a caregiver. Listen to her story & learn how she navigated this overwhelming journey & found the help she needed.

In Memory of Ms. Judith Anderson-Hernandez (1952-2020)

Greg was pursuing his career dreams when both of his parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and he had to make some tough decisions as he became a caregiver to his mother. Listen to his story to learn how the family navigated this overwhelming journey and found the help they needed.

Deborah’s husband stopped remembering conversations with her and their daughters. After seeing several doctors, they finally received an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Listen to her story, to learn how the family navigated this overwhelming journey and found the help they needed.

The Faces of Caregiving

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The Faces of Caregiving is an educational video series to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementias by showcasing the personal stories of five unique Japanese and Japanese-American caregivers.

Made possible thanks to the generous support of the Keiro Grants Program and the JA Community Foundation.

Jane cares for her mom and understands that knowledge is empowering.
It’s important to get your questions answered and give a voice to the community.

Tamo sees providing care to his wife, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, as an extension of their marriage vows.
He is a care partner who knows his own well-being is also a priority.

Alice, Jane, and Elaine are three sisters who supported their mom through her journey with dementia with positivity and joy.
Their mother was originally misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when what she had was Vascular dementia.

Cory sees caregiving as a form of giving back and a responsibility that’s nurtured in love.
Caregiving comes in many forms and providing his mom the care she needs is Cory’s main concern.

Eru lives in Los Angeles and provides long-distance care support for her grandmother who lives in Japan, but love has no distance.

Take 5

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Take 5

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia can be stressful. It’s important to remember to take care of yourself first. Take 5, a series of videos & suggestions, offers guidance on various ways you can take a small break, a deep breath, and a moment of self-care.

Toma 5

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Toma 5

Cuidar a alguien con la enfermedad de Alzheimer u otra demencia puede ser estresante. Es importante que primero cuide de si mismo. Toma 5, una serie de videos y sugerencias, le ofrece una orientación y varias ideas de como usted puede tomar algún descanso, respirar profundo, y tomar un momento para el cuidado de si mismo.

Telenovela

LOST MEMORIES

A telenovela starring Elba Escobar.

Written & directed by Jessica Silvetti.

RECUERDOS PERDIDOS

Una telenovela Protagonizado por Elba Escobar.

Escrito y dirigido por Jessica Silvetti.

Memories in the Making

Sarah - Memories in the Making facilitator

Memories in the Making is an art program that allows people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias explore their memories and emotions through the process of creating art to fulfill the participant’s desire to communicate, particularly when speech is affected. In this video, Sarah shows how you can facilitate a Memories in the Making session at home. Visit our Memories in the Making page for more information about the program.

Spotlight Series

Videos focusing on Alzheimer’s LA staff and volunteers

Meet Angela Landis, Program Content & Social Media Manager.

Angela brings her production skills & creativity to our video content & social media accounts. She understands how important education & resources are to support caregivers on their journey. She invites you to support Alzheimer’s LA & our community by volunteering for our social media ambassador program. Volunteers will get a monthly action item to make sharing easy!

SIGN UP and make a difference today: AlzheimersLA.org/get-involved/social-media/

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