January 27, 2015

Resources for support groups - borrow multiple copies!

Staying connected with people when you have dementia
Finding out that you have dementia can come as a shock. At first, it might be difficult to talk about what is happening to you. You may need some time to come to terms with the news. Your circle of family and friends can support you to live well. People will want to offer you help - but they might not know how. You may also find it difficult to ask people for support. This booklet has been written with the help of people with dementia and their families and friends. We hope it will help you to talk to your own friends and family about the support they can offer you.

Letting go without giving up : continuing to care for the person with dementia
The idea for Letting go without giving up grew from concerns expressed by carers who felt they were no longer allowed to have a role in caring for the person they had looked after at home after the person entered long-stay care. This booklet is aimed at carers who want to continue their involvement in the lives of the people they have cared for, even if they are no longer responsible for their day-to-day physical care needs.

Caring for someone living with dementia
Bupa Care Services and Alzheimer's Australia
You are probably reading this booklet because a relative or friend has or may have dementia. This may be something you suspect or perhaps they have been diagnosed by a health professional. Either way, this is likely to be a worrying time for both of you. We know that much of your concern or fear may come from not knowing what is likely to happen in the future. This guide will provide you with some useful information and how you can help look after your relative or friend. We also remind you to look after yourself because we understand that caring for someone living with dementia can be challenging. There is also a Useful Contacts section at the back of the book which gives details of further sources of information and support  Bupa aged care is a leading provider of dementia care in Australia. This guide draws on our wide experience of caring for people living with dementia and our understanding of the sadness and stress it can cause for relatives and friends. We recognise that every person living with dementia is different and every carer’s situation is different, but we hope you will find some useful advice, information and support in this book
Activities: a guide for carers of people with dementiaAlzheimer Scotland
Keeping someone with dementia busy and engaged will become more difficult as the dementia progresses. However by focusing on what he or she can do, even when the illness is quite advanced, you can both enjoy a range of stimulating activities and outings together. How much time you can devote to activities will depend on your personal circumstances. If you work, have other commitments or have a young family to care for you will obviously have less time, but there are still activities you can do as part of the daily routine.
The types of activities that the person you care for will be able to do will depend on his or her degree of dementia and general health. Activities should be appropriate to the person and reflect his or her previous and present interests. Tailor the activities to fit in with his or her preferences and abilities and make sure he or she will be able to physically cope with them. Activities should be positive and enjoyable.

Behaviours : How to respond when dementia causes unpredictable behaviours
This booklet describes difficult behaviours—aggression, anxiety, agitation, confusion, repetition, and suspicion—seen in people with dementia and how to respond to them. It outlines factors such as physical discomfort or frustration that may cause the behaviour and describes how to identify common behaviours, determine their triggers, and respond effectively.

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