If you are a caregiver for Alzheimer’s disease in the Dallas, TX area or a caregiver for Alzheimer’s disease in the Fort Worth, TX area, then you are very fortunate to have two great caregiver resources for Alzheimer’s disease with the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. For the last 12+ years Care Mountain has been providing Dallas Forth Worth area caregivers for in home care for Alzheimer’s and in home care for dementia, and has found these two organizations to be an exceptional help to families caring for Alzheimer’s disease at home. This article will high lite what we have seen.
As a Dallas area home health care agency, Care Mountain provides home health care for many types of diseases and illnesses. Many of these diseases have foundations and organizations set up to aide families in coping, but unfortunately I hear from families how some are little to no help or support. But with our two local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, I have heard nothing but high praise!
The three things families loved most about these two chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association were how valuable they turned out to be as a resource for education, support and opportunity to make a difference. I have always strongly believed how well a family caregiver copes with Alzheimer’s disease depends heavily upon the extent to which they have accepted the reality of this disease. One of the more helpful ways to achieve this acceptance is through education.
If you go to the website of either Alzheimer’s chapter you will find the most important things you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease and care giving for it. Everything is presented in an easily read and understood format. You will also find excellent education programs as well as free caregiver classes.
Coming to acceptance is only the crucial beginning to this care giving journey. There are those day to day challenges and ups and downs experienced by all care givers, which often come at times when it seems like you are all alone, or that you feel nobody really understands what you are going through. To help with these day to day experiences each chapter offers helpful support groups, educational events where you can network with others in similar situations and a comprehensive list of community resources for further support.
Since there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, I often meet families with transient feelings of deep despair and hopelessness. Many families who have utilized the resources of either of these Alzheimer’s chapters have reported a renewed vigor in their ability as a caregiver to make a positive difference. The have learned better ways to cope, which led to an improved sense of quality of life for them and their loved one. Other ways they have felt more empowered was by using their experiences to help make a positive difference in the lives of others coping with Alzheimer’s disease. Many have gained this through participation in support groups, volunteering for fund raisers and in giving public presentations.
The Alzheimer’s chapters have a program that prepares you for and sets up opportunities for giving public speaking presentations. I have attended many Alzheimer’s Association seminars, and the speakers that I learned the most from were those talking from first hand experience. They really helped me to be a better caregiver!
The volunteering opportunities with the Alzheimer’s Association can help with coping in some not so obvious ways. At one of the Alzheimer’s seminars attended, I ran in to Cameron who had received Alzheimer’s in home care in Flower Mound, TX from Care Mountain for his wife prior to her passing. Cameron was volunteering at one of the Alzheimer’s Association’s main bi-annual events in Fort Worth. His wife had passed a few months ago, and he mentioned how this volunteering helped him cope with this loss by maintaining a warm connection with her, and by using his experience to help other caregivers which gave some purposeful meaning to his own experience.CLICK HERE FOR FAQ
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