Life with Alzheimer's


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In this presentation, Tom Knox - founder of - talks about life with Alzheimer's.

This was originally used for a webinar to help families who have seniors with Alzheimer's. This can also be very useful for care providers who are assisting in giving care to someone with Dementia or Alzheimer's.

The presentation is based out of a lot of personal experience that CareFamily families have dealt with as they have had to learn to cope with Alzheimer's. Life with Alzheimer's can be very challenging. You will be able to get a great general overview of some things you can do today to make your situation better. To get more in depth information, you should look into the resources we mention at the end of the presentation.

Our hope is that the presentation serves as a great resource for you as you learn how to cope with Alzheimer's.

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Life with Alzheimer's

  1. 1. Life With Alzheimer’s Presented by: Tom Knox November 19, 2013
  2. 2. What is Alzheimer’s? Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
  3. 3. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Basics • Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia o Accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases • Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging o Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer’s, which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s • Alzheimer's worsens over time o Progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years • Alzheimer's has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues o Worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing
  4. 4. Some Quick Facts from The Alzheimer’s Association
  5. 5. Living with Alzheimer’s: Changes in Behavior • Aggression and Anger • Suspicion and Delusions • Anxiety and Agitation • Sleep Issues and Sundowning • Memory Loss and Confusion • Repetition • Depression • Wandering and Getting Lost • Hallucinations
  6. 6. Top Five Tips for Caregiving 1. Try not to take behavior personally 2. Remain patient and calm 3. Explore pain as a trigger 4. Don’t argue or try to convince 5. Accept behaviors as a reality of the disease and try to work through it
  7. 7. My Experience with Alzheimer’s • My paternal grandmother and my wife’s grandmother has Alzheimer’s • Referred to as “hardening of the arteries” • Strange behavior at first • Became more difficult and unreasonable • Both were cared for by family caregiver
  8. 8. Excellent Resources • Alzheimer’s Association o o o Offices / Chapters throughout the U.S. o 24-Hour Helpline: 1-800-272-3900 • o o Videos, webinars, white papers and articles • Online education o ✓ E-learning workshops, training and certification, books and DVDs o ✓ Free courses; certification
  9. 9. makes it easy for you to find, hire, and pay the right caregiver.
  10. 10. Our Story … Your Story “ My beloved grandmother was neglected in a facility. It inspired me to start an agency that successfully hired and cared for thousands of seniors at home. I have realized that there are great caregivers who want to build their careers at a livable wage. Our goal is to provide you great career options with the best families in America.” - Tom Knox, Founder Held by my great grandmother … 4 Generations of my family.
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