Family and Caregivers

Caregivers face many challenges when caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. People with cognitive impairment will have more and more difficulty communicating with others and taking care of themselves on their own. Mood and behavior may change as the condition gets worse, which can be very hard for the caregivers.

Ascension Seton is proud to offer the Behavioral Neurology Program. This team understands the challenges that people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their caregivers face. As a person’s mental health worsens, staff will help families plan for the future by providing resources that will support patients and their families in this difficult time.

Some resources for coping and communication strategies for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia include:

The Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit team that works on global, national and local levels. Their goal is to improve care and support for everyone affected by brain disorders. The Capital of Texas Chapter is one of over 70 chapters across the United States. These chapters offer support groups and relief programs to people in need. For easy access, a 24-hour care helpline is also provided. The community and care programs offered by these chapters support research on the prevention and treatment of mental disorders.

For more information, visit alz.org/texascapital or call 512-241-0420

AGE of Central Texas

AGE of Central Texas is a regional, nonprofit group specializing in education and support programs. AGE offers programs to people who suffer from age-related mental disease:

Adult Day Health Care – Licensed and secure adult day centers for people with physical or mental needs. This center focuses on memory loss and dementia care.

Early Memory Loss Support Groups – Mental activities and support groups for people who have a diagnosis of early memory loss.

Caregiver Resources – Providers of support by phone or email. A walk-in clinic is also available. Free educational classes and support groups are offered on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

Health Equipment Lending – Free use of gently used medical equipment and free health support products.

More information at AGEofCentralTX.org  or by calling 512-451-4611

Family Caregiver Alliance

Family Caregiver Alliance was founded in 1977. It was the first community nonprofit group in the country to address the needs of caregivers who provide long-term care at home. As pioneers in health services, FCA offers programs at national, state and local levels. Their goal is to support and sustain the family and friends of those who suffer from mental disease.

Helpguide.org

Helpguide’s goal is to give you and your family the mental health information you need. Our expert resources are ad-free and provide you with the knowledge and encouragement you need to take charge of your life and make healthy choices. We believe that with support and self-help options, you can understand, prevent and resolve many of life’s challenges.