LifeVillageUSA Is A 501(C)(3) Nonprofit That Recognizes The Need To Provide Enhanced Alternative Living Solutions For Individuals Living With Dementia. Our Mission Is To Support Efforts That Improve Outcomes And Enhance The Lives Of Individuals Living With Alzheimer’s And Dementia, Including Medical Research, Educational And Training Programs For Caregivers, Housing Facilities, And Group Assistance For Other Like-Minded Organizations.
Caregiving for a dementia patient can lead to sleepless nights, exhausting conversations, and a host of concerns surrounding wandering, falls, and household safety. However, you may still be able to take some time for yourself through respite care funded by a dementia home care grant, like the one offered by the non-profit HFC. This grant can help pay for a part-time, in-home caregiver, though, it’s important to note that while the grant pays for a respite caregiver, there is no cash value. You can use these hours to work, go to the store, or tend to your own health care needs. Taking time to care for yourself benefits not only you, but your loved one as well.
HFC® (formerly Hilarity for Charity) and the Home Instead® network are working together to award home care grants to those providing care to their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. The HFC Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Grants are awarded across the United States and Canada. The goal of the grant program is to provide exceptional home care to families affected by this disease, and to give these families support and rest. These grants are facilitated by Home Instead, where available. These grants are for respite care hours, there is no cash value.
Where does one get the truth about Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of Dementia? Right here. The Dementia Society of America has collected definitions they believe will be helpful to you. They also offer a variety of presentations and programs to help people living with these conditions and their families and caregivers. You don’t have to make this journey alone.
When her husband, a physician, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of fifty, Renée Brown Harmon’s life threatened to capsize in the waves. She stayed afloat by learning to lean on friends and family and by relying on her devotion to her husband and her two young daughters. Renée, also a physician chronicles the eight years of her husband’s illness in her book, Surfing the Waves of Alzheimer’s: Principles of Caregiving That Kept Me Upright. Drawing on principles she garnered along the way, she uses the structure of a memoir to tell her and her husband’s story. Each chapter ends with a discussion of one of the principles Renée learned, and offers practices that readers may use to develop their own plan to bring greater balance to their roles as caregivers.
This course guides adult children of people living with Alzheimer’s through the early, moderate, and late stages of the disease. Course modules average three minutes in length. That makes them perfect for busy professionals to consume 24×7, whenever it’s most convenient. The course is taught by Barbara Ivey, whose mother had early onset Alzheimer’s and whose father cared for her mom. Barbara helps you prepare for the impact of Alzheimer’s on the person living with the disease, the person in the home caring for them, and the adult child(ren) – especially those who live far away.
The Lost Kitchen is an honest look at the hidden gifts of living with a parent with Alzheimer’s. Miriam Green weaves poetry, recipes and anecdotes into a nourishing whole as she details her family’s struggle to maintain balance—and laughter—in the face of her mom’s diagnosis and deterioration. Miriam and her mom Naomi remind us how to love and laugh in a world that is often confusing and painful.
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