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New here, need support helping my parents who both have dementia

My names Joyce, I am the Advance directive for my parents health issues. They both have Dementia from the strokes they have had in the past.

I am looking for any type of educational workbooks, classes or material. I am also looking for moral support from others who are taking care of there parents with dementia as well.

 

I pray that I will find some type of support on here.

 

Sincerely

Joyce Pennington

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My names Joyce, I am the Advance directive for my parents health issues. They both have Dementia from the strokes they have had in the past.

I am looking for any type of educational workbooks, classes or material. I am also looking for moral support from others who are taking care of there parents with dementia as well.

 

I pray that I will find some type of support on here.

 

Sincerely

Joyce Pennington


Joyce, I am so sorry to hear that dementia has set in on your loved ones. I am happy that you have reached out to us, though. 

 

In addition to the resources provided, we do have Care Guides for caregivers. This one on Caring for a Loved One with Dementia might be of most interest to you. 

 

Do you currently live with your parents as well? 

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Dear Jen, Thank you for your comoment on my post. I will look into that today.

No, I do not live with them. I hired a in home care giver a year ago to help them. 

I live in Otis Oregon by the coast, my folks live in Lebanon Oregon, about 3 hours away.

Blessings and thank you again.

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@joycep568305 wrote:

Dear Jen, Thank you for your comoment on my post. I will look into that today.

No, I do not live with them. I hired a in home care giver a year ago to help them. 

I live in Otis Oregon by the coast, my folks live in Lebanon Oregon, about 3 hours away.

Blessings and thank you again.


Joyce,

Here is another Care Guide on Long Distance Caregiving. Hope this helps!  

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Hi, Joyce.   I'm sorry you are going through this!   I haven't helped a parent through this, but I did provide backup support for two other close relatives.  

 

Here is a link to find caregiver support groups close to you.

 

http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-support-groups.asp

 

 

If you are the primary caregiver, are there others around who can give you some relief?   Church, family, friends?   Someone to watch your parents for a few hours here or there, preferably on a regular basis, so you get some down time?  

 

And I always found this helpful, because in the course of conversations with my relatives who had dementia, I made a lot of these mistakes all the time. Knowing I didn't have to be 100% honest actually reduced the stress levels for both of us.  

 

https://www.caregiver.org/ten-real-life-strategies-dementia-caregiving

 

Those are just the big issues that "I" dealt with, but I know that everyone has unique circumstances.     

 

Also, local government offices on aging, local health departments, and local assisted living/nursing homes may have community resources that can help. And their doctors should have some resource information as well.  

 

 

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Dear Nerdy Mom,

Thank you for the links. I will be looking into them later today. 

Blessings to you,

Thank you again. I did have church members to talk with but they have busy lives so I no longer talk with them as much as I'd like. 

Ty joyce

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