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Top 10 Resources for Dementia Caregivers

Top 10 Resources for Dementia Caregivers
This past year, if your aim was to make life better for someone with dementia, all you needed was a click to find proven strategies and techniques. But what’s the best of the best?
 
We’ve tallied up some of our most popular resources from 2015. These resources reached thousands of caregivers like you who want to create a Dementia Capable Society.
 
Have fun browsing, and pass them on!

1. “They Stole My Necklace!” How Do You Deal With Dementia?
Sometimes a complaint or an accusation isn’t the real issue. It might be just a CLUE to the real issue, and maybe even a key to resolving the problem.

2. Cognitive Assessment Tools
Once you understand someone's cognitive level, you know how to care for them. These tools can help.

3.  What Alzheimer’s Really Feels Like
One of the hardest things, says Rick Phelps, is realizing that dementia is taking your memories, and knowing you can’t do anything about it.

4. Compassion Fatigue: Could It Be Compromising Your Professionalism?
Do you excel at taking care of others—but put yourself last on your priority list? Here's how to cope with caregiving.

5. Major Neurocognitive Disorder: The DSM-5’s Term for Dementia
This term attempts to help reduce the stigma associated with the word dementia.

6. Tips To Reduce Bathing and Showering Challenges
When someone with dementia refuses, withdraws, or fights during a bath or shower, there’s usually a reason—and always something you can do.

7. 5 Ways to Cope With a Loved One’s Dementia
Guilt and anxiety are taking a toll on a family caregiver, but our community has strategies for coping.

8. How to Reduce Weight Loss Associated With Alzheimer's Disease
People with Alzheimer's and dementia are at a very high risk for weight loss, but there are things you can do to have a positive impact on their health.

9. Treating Psychotic Symptoms in Persons With Dementia
Just like anyone, when a person has dementia, they communicate through their behavior. The first step to lessen any problems is to find the cause of the behavior.

10. Life Story Questionnaire
What’s the best way to provide truly person-centered dementia care? Build your care plans around a person’s preferences, values, and motivation in life. Grab our Life Story Questionnaire and let us know how it helps.
 
Thank you for all you do to improve quality of life for people with dementia. From everyone here at CPI, we wish you Happy Holidays and a happy and healthy 2016!
 
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