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Recognizing and Caring for People with Dementia – A OneWorld Health Literacy Workshop - 2013
OneWorld Progressive Institute thanks Blanche Agostinelli, APRN, Dianne Davis, APRN (case managers from Adler Assessment Center), Bettye Swindell and John Andrews, spouses and caregivers, and Bry’onna Mention, grand-daughter of a woman who had early onset dementia. In the full one-hour program Bry’onna shared how difficult it was for the family to recognize and deal with her grandmother’s illness because she was so young (about age 50) when she first started showing signs of the disease. She stressed the importance of family members talking honesty about what was happening and finding appropriate help and support.
APRNs Agostinelli and Davis stressed the importance of getting help early so that the person affected can participate in the decision-making process and put legal guidelines in place.
Mrs. Swindell and Mr. Andrews talk about the importance of joining support groups and getting respite for you, the caregivers. Most important is having the right kind of guidance to help you cope with what is a truly challenging situation, and knowing when you need to hand over care to others. We at OneWorld trust that you find this information helpful. The full 1-hr program is available on DVD from OneWorld. The link below takes you to the 9 mins 21 secs YouTube clip.
http://youtu.be/MS9CA6-B88E Recognizing & Caring for People with Dementia = 9:21