Authors offer help for Alzheimer’s caregivers

10/27/2016  

By Sue Cody

 

Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Dementia.

 

Those words spark emotional turmoil and send family members into a maze of problems when a loved one is affected. AARP reports 62,000 Oregonians are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a debilitating illness that causes loss of memory, confusion and changes in behavior.

 

Seaside families and caregivers will get some expert guidance through that maze at a free presentation sponsored by Providence. Geriatrician Dr. Marian Hodges and family caregiver Anne Hill combine lecture with audience interaction to show how to deal with these health issues.

 

Hodges and Hill are the co-authors of “Help is Here: When someone you love has dementia.” In addition to the latest information about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, they role-play to help families know what to do.

 

This event is Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Providence Seaside Hospital’s Education Center A-B, 725 S. Wahanna Road.

 

Participants will get practical guidance on what to expect when someone is diagnosed with dementia, how to interact with the individual and how to manage some challenging behaviors.

 

“Caregivers need strategies,” says Hill. For instance, a person with dementia will need to stop driving a car at some point. The book helps people decide when that might be necessary and how to approach the topic.

 

Strategies are offered on how to make the house safe and when the caregiver needs to take care of their own needs, such as arranging respite care.

 

“Help is Here” is written from a family caregiver’s point of view, with stories drawn from real life. “It’s not just a factual book, it’s an emotionally supportive book,” says Hodges, regional medical director for the Senior Health Program of Providence-Oregon.

 

For example, the book advises: “Caring for your family member who has dementia will be a big job, but there are many people who can help you. Discover how to form TWO teams: the first one for your family member, and a second one for yourself.”

 

The book will be available at the event for $16.95; cash or check only.

 

To reserve a seat for this event, call 503-717-7644 or email paulette.mcccoy@providence.org.

 

For more information, see: https://Oregon.providence.org/our-services/d/dementia/.
 
Hodges Hill Event