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The recent Town Hall Forum entitled, “After the Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: Practical Advice for Family Caregivers”  provided some useful information and resources.
To follow up on some of the points made by our speakers and to share their presentations, we wanted to provide a few helpful links.

Dr. Tehrani provided an insightful review of the various common forms of dementia, including their causes and symptoms. He urged caregivers to work with a geriatric specialist and to focus on the care of your loved one; not just the treatment of their symptoms.
Below are links to his presentation as well as a resource to find out more:

Dementia from a practical standpoint – Michael Tehrani, MD

Understanding the causes and symptoms of the various forms of dementia will help determine the best course of care for your loved one. The Alzheimer’s Association has provided a great resource to help you understand What is Dementia?

Patty Mouton from Alzheimer’s Orange County stated that, as a caregiver, you are not alone and advised of the many resources available to families. It’s important to practice self-care and learn how to ask for and accept help during your caregiving journey.
Patty provided many great tips on how to care for the caregiver in her presentation and urged our attendees to find the support group right for them.

At the end of the seminar, Todd Shetter suggested a homework assignment for family caregivers. To be better prepared, he recommended touring 3 skilled nursing and 3 memory care communities near you. Be an informed consumer. Do not wait until your loved one needs the care immediately and you’re forced to settle with an uninformed choice. 
To help out, you may want to review this checklist for evaluating Skilled Nursing Homes
When considering a Memory Care Community, you want to review the following:

  • Community Appearance
  • Activity Schedule/Involvement
  • Medical Team Availability (Is a nurse on-site 24/7?)
  • Staff Friendliness
  • Family Support Programs

Here is a comparison guide to help with your search.

Other Resources

You can access previous Town Hall Forum presentations here: Previous Town Hall Forum Presentations

You can access other helpful resources here: Tips & Resources Should you have questions or need additional information, please contact an ActivCare community near you or call 888-636-5677 for a directory. 

After the Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: Practical Advice for Family Caregivers

This seminar will provide practical information to help in your caregiving journey. Garner tips for establishing a baseline of care needs, ideas to plan successful activities supporting your loved one, insight into gaining family support and how to prepare for future changes.

Speakers:

Michael S. Tehrani, MDBoard-Certified Internist Specializing in Geriatrics

Patty Barnett MoutonAlzheimer’s Orange County

Thursday, October 24, 2019

8:30 am to 11 am

Continental Breakfast at 8:30 am, presentations begin at 9 am

The Clubhouse at Anaheim Hills Golf Course

6501 E. Nohl Ranch Road

Anaheim Hills, CA 92807

The Team Approach to Alzheimer’s Care

With more than 20 years of experience helping families, Dr. Vourlitis referenced a variety of topics ranging from the stages of progression to preparing for the physician visit as well as warning signs to look out for when determining if outside help is needed. Below are links to the materials discussed as well as resources to find out more:
Team Up with Your Physician to Face Alzheimer’s – Melissa Vourlitis, DO

Amy Abrams from Alzheimer’s San Diego stated that, as a caregiver, you are not alone and advised of the many resources available to families. It’s important to learn how to ask for and accept help in your caregiving journey. 
Amy provided many great links to resources in her presentation and urged our attendees to find the support group right for them.

The Team Approach to Alzheimer’s Care

At this free seminar, Alzheimer’s care experts will provide practical advice to family caregivers—giving insight to help build a successful support team and guide the caregiving journey. Join us to discover resources to help you in developing a cohesive team for your loved one’s plan of care.

Speakers:

Melissa Vourlitis, DOFamily Medicine Physician

Amy AbramsAlzheimer’s San Diego

To learn more, call 888-MEM-LOSS (888-636-5677) or click here for a flyer.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

8:30 am to 11 am

Continental Breakfast at 8:30 am, presentations at 9 am

Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate

14050 Carmel Ridge Rd,

San Diego, CA 92128

Town Hall Forum

With more than 20 years of experience helping families, Dr. Chang shared his unique perspective and provided some insightful information. He provided an overview of the stages of dementia as well as treatment options.

The Doctor’s Perspective – Alvin Chang, MD

Our second speaker Patty Barnett Mouton, from Alzheimer’s Orange County, emphasized the HELP model with steps to take following the dementia diagnosis. Her presentation can be viewed in the link below.

Advanced Care Planning – Patty Barnett Mouton

Both of our speakers noted that maintaining overall health and early detection are key care steps.

The most recent Town Hall Forum, “Dementia Dialogues: A Panel Discussion with Specialized Geriatric Physicians,” provided useful information and resources for family caregivers.

Our panelists and moderator covered a multitude of topics. Here are a few resources that were discussed.

Dr. Teja Singh, Board-Certified Geriatrician, referenced the Beers Criteria List; a list of medications that are potentially inappropriate for older adults. Should your loved one’s medication appear on this list, you may want to discuss with their primary physician.

Also, discussed were the stages of Alzheimer’s. A helpful list from Alzheimer’s San Diego can be found here:  Signs and Stages of Alzheimer’s disease to better understand the stages.

Families with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia find the topic of driving a challenging one to tackle. The DMV provides useful guides for your reference:

DMV Senior Driving Page

DMV Senior Guide for Safe Driving

In addition, the Auto Club (AAA) has a website dedicated to safe senior driving: AAA Senior Driving Safety

If you live in San Diego County, it is highly recommended to register your loved one in the Take Me Home program. It’s easy to do and could save a life.

To learn about the next Town Hall Forum, please sign up for emails here.

Dementia Dialogues: A Panel Discussion with Specialized Geriatric Physicians

This free seminar for family caregivers will provide a practical and honest discussion on the dementia diagnosis, understanding behaviors, disease progression, caregiving and treatment.

Experts in the field of geriatric medicine and dementia care will discuss many topics on the minds of those caring for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Panelists:

Teja Singh, MDBoard Certified Geriatrician
Jason Keri, MDBoard Certified Geriatric Psychiatrist

Moderator: Todd Shetter – ActivCare Living COO

To learn more, call 888-MEM-LOSS (888-636-5677) or click here for a flyer.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
8: 30 am to 11 am
Continental Breakfast at 8:30 am, presentations begin at 9 am

Chula Vista Golf Course
4475 Bonita Rd
Bonita, CA 91902

Make your reservation online at activcareliving.com or use this link.

Practical Advice to Address Behaviors
Related to Alzheimer’s and Dementia 

At this free seminar, family caregivers will learn practical advice. Prepare for the progressive nature of Alzheimer’s disease. Garner tips about how to address behaviors. Learn how to assemble a team to support and guide your caregiving journey. Understand when to seek more help.

Speakers:
Alvin Chang, MD – Geriatrician
Todd Shetter – COO, ActivCare Living

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
8:30 am to 11 am
Continental Breakfast: 8:30 am

Black Gold Golf Course
1 Black Gold Drive
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

For more information, call 888-MEM-LOSS (888-636-5677) or download a flyer here.

Make your reservation online at activcareliving.com or use this link.

Living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and Making Each Day Count

At this free seminar, you will learn practical advice and guidance for your caregiver journey. Garner information about validation therapy and the effectiveness of redirection when caring for someone with dementia. Understand how to cope with guilt. Learn about the warning signs of caregiver burnout and how to care for yourself.

Speakers:
Dan Sewell, MD – Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UCSD
Todd Shetter – COO, ActivCare Living

Thursday, September 20, 2018
8:30 am to 11 am
Continental Breakfast: 8:30 am

Holiday Inn Carlsbad
2725 Palomar Airport Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92009

For more information, call 888-MEM-LOSS (888-636-5677) or download a flyer here.

Make your reservation online at activcareliving.com or use this link.

Thank you for attending the July 25 Town Hall Forum entitled, “The Alzheimer’s Caregiving Journey: Practical Advice from Medical Experts.” We hope you found useful information and resources. We wanted to forward the presentations and some other links to you.

 

Dr. Alvin Chang provided an overview of how to meet the overall health needs of those with dementia. He discussed the importance of nutrition and hydration and maintaining equilibrium. Just like exercising muscle cells, Dr. Chang reviewed how physical and social activities can stimulate brain function. He discussed the role of healthcare professionals and recommended building a team to help care for your loved one. You can view his entire presentation by clicking on the link below.

Practical Advice From a Geriatrician – Alvin Chang, M.D

 

Dr. Christine Sargenti spoke about the role of the pharmacist in caring for those with dementia. She stated the importance of medication safety and gave several examples from the Beers Criteria.  You can view her entire presentation by clicking on the link below.

The Role of a Pharmacist – Christine Sargenti, Pharm. D.

Here is a link to the Beers Criteria List of Medications that older adults should avoid or use with caution that was referenced in Dr. Sargenti’s presentation.

 

A question was raised about safe driving and dementia. The Automobile Club has an entire website devoted to Senior Driving Safety.

 

We are thankful to our community partners who also provide resources for family caregivers. Should you need additional resources, you can access them online.

Alzheimer’s Orange County

Ron’s Pharmacy – A Guardian Pharmacy

 

Other Resources

Our website has presentations from previous Town Hall Forums that also might be helpful during your caregiving journey. You can access previous Town Hall Forum presentations here:

Previous Town Hall Forum Presentations

 

You can access other helpful resources here:

Tips & Resources

Should you have questions or need additional information, please contact an ActivCare community near you or call 888-636-5677 for a directory.

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