Todays’ speaker was Ann Allen of Home Instead Senior Care in Arvada, Colorado. Ann talked today about Alzheimer’s disease and other mental issues in the aging. Alzheimer’s is an incurable that reportedly affects nearly half of seniors older than 85. It is a very difficult disease to deal with not only for the affected but as well the family caregivers. Home Instead has a program that can help called Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE – Changing Aging Through Research and Education. This training program helps to remove some of the dread associated with these diseases by offering family caregivers the support they so badly need. Through five, 15 minute interactive classes, family members are taught how to immerse themselves in the mindset of their loved one to help manage behavioral symptoms that are frequently associated with the disease, such as belligerence and anger. The dementia curriculum or CARE – Changing Aging Through Research and Education has been reviewed by the Alzheimer’s Association and meets the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations in the following topics per a report issued last year.

  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia Disease Awareness
  • Strategies for Caring for a Person with Dementia
  • Communication and Understanding Behavior
  • Social Needs and Activities
  • Eating Well

This program is helping families learn how to live with a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease by maintaining balance between the needs of their family member and their own life. The five free classes cover 1. Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia 2. Capturing Life’s Journey 3. Managing Behaviors 4. Encouraging Engagement 5. Safety. By learning how to understand the changes that your loved one is going through you can help them have a better life in their aging years. Ann Allen and the caregivers at Home Instead can also help in the difficulties of aging and mental disease through training and caregiving in the loved ones known environment. Give Home Instead Senior Care a call if you need a caring company to help with your aging family member whether it is for dementia or just general help around the house, they will provide top notch and caring help.

Ann Allen * Home Instead Senior Care * 303.463.1900 * aallen@denverhisc.com