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"Visiting" People with Dementia Via Phone or Video

September 11, 2020 | Caregiver Resources

Due to continued visiting restrictions because of COVID-19, many loved ones of those with dementia are left with limited options to spend time together. One option to connect is through a phone call or video chat.

Caregiver Grief

August 17, 2020 | Caregiver Resources

Grief can be experienced in many ways when caring for someone with memory loss.

Dealing with Repetitive Questions

August 13, 2020 | Caregiver Resources

As memory declines, an individual with a memory impairment may ask repetitive questions as they may not be able to remember simple facts about their life that previously were common knowledge.

Hospice Care

July 24, 2020 | Caregiver Resources

As Alzheimer's Disease progresses to the end stage, hospice care may become appropriate. Hospice offers many benefits to both the individual needing care and their family members by providing both medical care and support for emotional and spiritual needs.

How to spot elder abuse in individuals with dementia

June 18, 2020 | Caregiver Resources

Contributed by: Cassie Caple, LLMSW Contract Administrator at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan Coordinator of the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition

Taking Care of Yourself

June 11, 2020 | Caregiver Resources

As a caregiver, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. However, it is important to stay healthy and practice good self-care habits since caregiving can be draining on your mental and physical well-being. ​

Dementia and Isolation

People with dementia are facing multiple risks right now when it comes to COVID-19 and the physical isolation that everyone is experiencing. Not only are they in the high-risk group when it comes to suffering caused by the virus, they are also more likely to experience worsening physical and emotional health as a result of being isolated. Self-isolation and social distancing has changed the lives of many people with dementia.

Recreational and Social Opportunities

May 18, 2020 | Caregiver Resources

​Home-bound older adults or those with limited support from family or friends may struggle with loneliness. However, there are many services in the West Michigan area that provide companionship and social connections.

Tips to Maintain Friendships

May 14, 2020 | Caregiver Resources

​Friendship and social interaction are an important aspect in every human being’s life, no matter the age. Dementia can be very socially isolating, so it is especially important to maintain a support system to prevent loneliness.

COVID-19 visitor policy and patients with dementia

April 22, 2020 | Caregiver Resources

Are any visitors for people with dementia allowed in hospitals or residential care facilities?