Seniors: Help for caregivers of dementia sufferers

The local Home Instead Senior Care office can help San Francisco–area families manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, diseases that eventually rob seniors of their memories and independence.

Most seniors with Alzheimer’s disease are cared for at home — 60 to 70 percent, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

And yet, families caring for such seniors at home have to deal with challenging behaviors such as anger, aggression, wandering and refusing to eat.

The Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging through Research and Education training program offers a personal approach to help families care for their loved ones the best way possible.

The foundation of the program is an approach called “Capturing Life’s Journey” that involves gathering stories and experiences about the senior to help caregivers provide comfort while honoring the individual’s past.

Also available is a free guide for those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Called “Helping Families Cope,” the guide includes advice to help families keep their loved ones engaged and manage behaviors.

For more information about free family caregiver training or to obtain a free copy of the “Helping Families Cope” booklet, contact the local Home Instead Senior Care office at (415) 441-6490 or visit HelpforAlzheimers