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Valuable Tools You Can Offer Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Families

The Home Instead® network is happy to announce encouraging news and a variety of valuable resources for senior-care professionals to pass on to families who are living with the frustration and heartbreak of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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You've answered the call from those family caregivers more times than you can count. You know the ones whose aging parents have Alzheimer's disease and are at the end of their ropes.

Chances are, your schedules will be busier than ever since the incidence of Alzheimer's disease shows no signs of waning, pending a cure. In fact, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are rapidly leading to a crisis of epic proportions:

  • According to the experts, Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in America today.
  • The number of Americans with Alzheimer's is expected to jump from 5.1 million today to up to 13.5 million by mid-century, according to the Alzheimer's Association.
  • Among those over 85 years old, the fastest-growing segment of the senior population, experts predict the odds of developing Alzheimer's are about 1 in 2.

Presently, it is estimated that between 60 and 70 percent of older adults with Alzheimer's disease live at home or with someone, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

The Home Instead® network is happy to announce encouraging news and a variety of valuable resources for senior-care professionals to pass on to families who are living with the frustration and heartbreak of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. The Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education℠ Training Program recently launched. More information about this program can be found at

This program features training for family caregivers—which mirrors a program for the network's professional CAREGivers℠—that offers an innovative approach to help families make the most of a senior's life journey, including that individual's history, passions and hobbies. This approach has been shown to help manage challenging behaviors associated with dementia. A panel of experts, with vast knowledge from the aging field, has worked with the Home Instead network to develop content and enhance this groundbreaking program.

Here's what senior care professionals like you can share with family caregivers:

1. No-Cost Family Caregiver Training: This now is available online through e-learning modules or a local Home Instead office. These modules consist of five classes:

  1. Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementias Overview
  2. Capturing Life's Journey®
  3. Techniques to Manage Behaviors
  4. Activities to Encourage Engagement
  5. Keeping Your Loved One Safe

Learn more about this innovative training by contacting a local Home Instead office or by going to

2. A blog: David Troxel, an internationally known expert in Alzheimer's disease and memory care, answers questions that most perplex family caregivers.

3. Information videos: Videos can help family caregivers learn more about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and offer approaches for helping to manage difficult behaviors.

4. Educational materials: Materials such as the "Helping Families Cope'' guide provide practical advice and strategies for living at home with someone who has Alzheimer's disease.

Tap into information about the blog and these other important resources by going to

For senior care professionals who want to learn more, the Home Instead network is offering no-cost continuing education credits (CEUs) in conjunction with the Family Caregiver Support Series for Professionals.

Two of this year's topics focus on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias:

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012 – "Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's Disease"
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 – "Senior Cognitive Issues"

The web conference sessions are scheduled at noon Central Time. Pre-registration is required and can be completed at

Working together, senior care professionals can offer families of those with Alzheimer's disease or dementia more hope than ever for managing the challenging behaviors associated with these conditions.

Last revised: May 14, 2012

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