When you have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's disease, it unfortunately can place a heavy burden on the rest of the family. It’s such a devastating disease for all involved and truly heartbreaking for family members to witness as the dementia takes hold of their loved one. I can’t imagine the pain and sadness one must feel as the once headstrong and independent grandmother or grandfather transforms in front of their very eyes into someone helpless, confused and frightened. many of the ones that are left to care for these individuals often feel alone in their journey with no one to turn to for guidance, reassurance and support. Well, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is here to help. Their mission is to help provide optimal care and services for those individuals dealing with dementia as well as provide support for their caregivers. they understand how important it is to provide the utmost care for those that are suffering from this disease and that’s why they have a variety of programs in place to help inform, educate and support the families and their caregivers. The Foundation recently released a DVD titled “Your Time to Care” which was specifically produced to help educate about the disease and demonstrate the best ways in providing care for Alzheimer’s sufferers. I recently had the opportunity to view the DVD and was very impressed with the amount of useful and practical information presented in the program. The DVD is divided into four sections. The first section titled, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, presents a basic overview of the disease and the tell tale signs and behavioral changes to you can look for. The second section deals with Principles of Personal Care and focuses on the help needed for the individual suffering from this disease. Any number of emotions can manifest itself at odd times so in the third section, Behavioral Management, practical responses and ways to deal with inappropriate outbursts or actions are presented here. the last section, Safe Home Care, touches on all aspects of safety including keeping the loved one in a safe environment as well as tips on keeping both the patient and the caregiver safe from harm.
your time to care DVD
This DVD is a great tool in helping understand Alzheimer’s Disease and what to expect when caring for an individual suffering from the disease. If you know of someone who’s currently caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, show them your support by donating to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or by purchasing this DVD as a holiday gift. All proceeds from the sale of this DVD help support the programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and its member organizations.