The Alzheimer’s Association is located at 2131 Park Avenue West, Ontario, Ohio 44906 (Richland County).

Contact Information:
Tessa Clark, LPN Program Coordinator, teclark@alz.org, 419-522-5050

One of the greatest challenges care partners face is not knowing how much assistance to give or when to give it because the person with early-stage dementia is primarily independent with dressing, bathing, walking and may still drive, volunteer or work. The most difficult tasks may involve managing a daily schedule or household budget.
 

As a care partner, your support with these everyday tasks can help the person with dementia develop new coping strategies that will help to maximize his or her independence. Every relationship is different, but finding balance between interdependence and independence may increase confidence for both of you.

To help you determine when and how to provide the most appropriate support to a person living in the early stage of dementia consider these tips used by other care partners:

  • Safety first: Is there an immediate safety risk for the person with dementia to perform this task alone? If there is no immediate risk of injury or harm, provide encouragement and continue to provide supervision as necessary.
  • Avoid stress: Prioritize tasks or actions that do not cause unnecessary stress for the person with dementia. For example, if you know that grocery shopping will be frustrating for the person with dementia, ask for their participation to outline a weekly menu and organize a grocery list.
  • Make a positive assumption: Assume that the person with dementia is capable of completing the task. If you sense frustration, try to identify the cause of the frustration before intervening. Focus on his or her current needs, rather than dwelling on the future.
  • Create a help signal: Identify a cue or phrase that you can use to confirm if the person with dementia is comfortable receiving support. For example, you may agree to use a phrase like, “Is there anything I can do to help?” or a nod to signal that it’s ok to chime in if the person with dementia is having difficulty remembering a word or name.
  • Talk it over: The best way to determine how and when to provide support is to ask directly. Ask the person with dementia what they need or the frustrations they may be experiencing. Talk about it, then make a plan.
  • Work better together: Find activities to do together and keep the conversation going about expectations for how you will provide support. Check in regularly by asking the person with dementia if you are providing a level of assistance that is comfortable or adequate.

– courtesy of Alz.org

– questions? Give us a call at our Mansfield office @ 419-522-5050

 

The following is a list of the upcoming events and you are invited!
Our Education Program Series is open to the public, starting at 9am
Come to the Area Agency on Aging
in the training room at 2131 Park Avenue West, Ontario, OH 44906. Here
is the schedule each month out to May with more to come throughout the
year:

• March 14th: Effective Communication Strategies
• April 11th: Dementia Conversations
• May 9th: Legal and Financial

Every 2nd Thursday of the month come to the Area Agency on Aging

• Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group (for loved ones of those with dementia) from 1 to 2 p.m.

• Mind Works Alzheimer’s Early Stage Group (for those with early-stage dementia) from 1 to 2 p.m.

Other Alzheimers Association programs in Richland County:
Educational Program Series
• 1st Monday of the month at Applewood II in Mansfield at 2 pm

Early Stage Exercise Program – Minds in Motion
• Every 4th Month at the YMCA at 2:30 pm

DEMENTIA CAPABLE COALITION of Richland County
What we do.

The Dementia Capable Coalition was made possible by a generous grant from the Richland County Foundation provided to the Alzheimer’s Association to make Richland County more educated and supportive of those with dementia and their loved ones.

And from this, seven committees were created. Each with their own unique purpose but all contributing to the overall goal of making Richland County more aware and able to equip individuals with knowledge about the disease and where to go for help.

Healthcare

Current
Goal: Educating physicians and healthcare providers by providing them
with packets of information. Some information provided by the
Alzheimer’s Association includes the “10 tips of Living with Dementia”,
“How to Take Care of Yourself”, and local support and activity
groups. One packet is specific to the healthcare provider and the other
packets are created to help the patient upon diagnosis.  

Legal Systems

Current
Goal: Educate loved ones on how to prepare for the future in legal
terms. This includes creating a list of commonly asked questions and
providing a local resource sheet so people have a sense of direction on
where to go.

Faith-Based

Current Goal: Creating a church environment that is knowledgeable about dementia and equipped to serve.

Social and Volunteer Engagement

Current
Goal: Offering monthly events to stimulate the mind and offer
participants a task to complete which promotes community service. Our
first official event was held at Kingwood Gardens for their Christmas
event. Thank you again to Kingwood for holding this free event!

Education

Current
Goal: Placing dementia-helpful information strategically in the
community so an individual does not have to search for our help, but are
exposed to support in their typical day to day life.

Government Agencies

Current
Goal: To create a network of communication across the county with
different public officials and well known figures to promote caregiving
“tips” and support through various modes of communication such as social
media. 

Business

Goal:
To create a network of businesses which have been trained to detect
signs of dementia and how to serve and support these individuals and
their loved ones.