Senior caregivers assisting seniors with Alzheimer's disease care know the unique aspects of this disease. Confusing person, time and place can create an added challenge. A caregiver may arrive one day to discover the senior with Alzheimer's disease thinks the caregiver is their wife or sister or mother. "Meet them where they are" is a common mantra used when caring for seniors with Alzheimer's.
A popular book for families and caregivers is "The 36-Hour Day", co-written by Dr. Peter Rabins, M.D., M.P.H. As a member of the AARP Caregiving Advisory Panel, Dr. Rabins will offer an online chat to answer questions about caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia and discuss ways the caregiver can also care for themselves.
Creating a custom care plan for seniors with Alzheimer's disease is important along with understanding the emotional toll the caregiving can take on the caregivers, both professional caregivers and family caregivers.
My own grandfather suffered from the disease and would read the Wall Street Journal upside down and often confuse all of his family members with other people. These are the extra heart-breaking aspects of the disease for caregivers.
Join Dr. Rabins on Thursday, May 16th from 2pm to 3pm Eastern Time for an interactive chat session.
Online Chat with Dr. Rabins, Co-Author of "The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease".
Date: May 16, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Senior caregivers may also find online caregiver training and apply for a senior caregiving job near them, as more companion caregivers are always needed to assist seniors with memory loss.