By: Edward Ratner, MD
Handouts – Beyond Diagnosis – Rehabilitation Aspects in Dementia 8.16.18
Dementia is a broad category of brain diseases that cause a long-term and often gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember that is great enough to affect a person’s daily functioning. The medical approach in dementia care often focuses entirely on diagnosis and pharmacological treatment followed by referral to community services. Non-pharmacological interventions are increasingly being recognized as an important adjunct/alternative for dementia treatments. This presentation addresses the limited success in prevention and pharmacological treatment, and highlights the value of socialization, recreation, communication, and the helpful role of rehabilitation team members.
Start Seeing Caregivers
By: Beth Wiggins, Director of Caregiving and Aging Services at FamilyMeans
Handout – Start Seeing Caregivers 6.13.18
Caregiving provided by relatives and friends is the very heart of eldercare. When older adults need assistance with essential everyday life tasks, these caregivers are the predominant providers. Caregivers are the primary source of social and emotional support, and are deeply engaged in their care receivers’ medical care. Caregivers are also often part of the paid workforce and have additional family and community obligations. The prevalence and complexity of caregiving has significant implications for our workplaces, healthcare systems, and communities, and yet caregivers remain under-recognized. By seeing caregivers, we will be compelled to take action to preserve and sustain their contributions to the well-being of an aging society.