Mercer County Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias
Mood changes, wandering, emotional outbursts, embarrassing behaviors...These are issues many families have to face when caring for a loved one with dementia. You are not alone! Check out these resources and consider a support group. Joining with others helps you to find answers to difficult situations in daily life. You might even want to consider an Adult Day Center program. It provides you with a break to recharge yourself. Plus, the person you care for will get a chance to interact with others in a protected environment with staff and activities geared to the special needs of people with memory loss.
Toll-free, 24 hour helpline: 1-800-272-3900
Find information here on living with dementia day-to-day. (Your loved one does not have to have Alzheimer's for you to use these services. Although they focus on Alzheimer's Disease, anyone dealing with dementia issues can participate.) In terms of services, the Alzheimer's Association has a 24 hour helpline, and the ability to help you find appropriate housing for your loved one. From this website, you can find a local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association where there will likely be family support groups offered. As well, you can join their message boards and chat rooms for connecting with others online.
This interactive tool can help you determine the level of support your loved one needs to live safely at home based on the degree of his or her memory loss.
If you worry that the person you care for might wander away and get lost, consider a Safe Return ID bracelet. This will help others to recognize your loved one is lost and contact you so he or she can safely be returned home. It also has the ability to note medical conditions so emergency medical personnel can be aware of important health issues.
Please Note: VNA Alliance does not specifically endorse the activities of these organizations, but offers their information as a sample of the kinds of materials and services that are available.
"With the memory loss, Pop's behavior changed. He wasn't been himself. Sometimes he does things that are really embarrassing! We need every bit of help we can find."