Caregivers face many challenges when caring for a loved one with dementia. People with dementia due to progressive conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease will have more and more difficulty remembering everyday things, thinking clearly, communicating with others or taking care of themselves. An individual’s mood, behavior and even personality may change as their condition worsens, which may be challenging for the caregiver-patient relationship.
The Behavioral Neurology Program team at Ascension Seton Brain and Spine Institute in Austin understands the challenges that those with dementia and their support team face as the condition progresses. The experienced staff at Ascension Seton Brain and Spine Institute will help families navigate and plan for the future and connect them with resources that will provide support to individuals with dementia and their families.
Some resources for coping and communication strategies for families and caregivers include:
Alzheimer’s Texas, formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, as well as their caregivers and family members. Alzheimer’s Texas provides information and referrals, and acts as a central hub for a number of Alzheimer’s support programs.
The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit organization that works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The Capital of Texas Chapter is one of over 70 chapters across the United States that provides support groups, respite programs, a 24-hour caregiver helpline, community and caregiver education programs, as well as supporting research for the prevention, cure and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
For more information, visit alz.org/texascapital or call 512-241-0420
AGE of Central Texas is a regional nonprofit organization that provides education and support to people all along the spectrum of growing older. AGE offers several programs:
- Adult Day Health Care – Licensed, secure, nonresidential adult day centers for older adults with physical and/or cognitive needs, specializing in memory loss and dementia care.
- Early Memory Loss Support Groups – Cognitive activities and support for individuals with an early memory loss diagnosis.
- Caregiver Resources – Offers assistance and guidance by phone, email or walk-in, as well as free educational seminars and caregiver support groups on the 4th Wednesday of every month.
- Health Equipment Lending – Free use of gently used durable medical equipment and free incontinence products.
More information at AGEofCentralTX.org or by calling 512-451-4611
Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. Long recognized as a pioneer in health services, FCA now offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.
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