Eskaton supports a wide range of research and innovative strategies determined to make Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia a thing of the past. But today, over 5 million people in the U.S. are suffering from this disease. There are 45 million family members providing care to those with dementia and other age-related illnesses. Eskaton is committed to offering flexible care options for older adults, as well as support for family members. Below are resources, support groups and services available in Northern California and beyond.
Education and support are essential for people newly diagnosed. Understanding the physical changes in the brain is the first step. Take a tour of your brain on the Alzheimer’s Association website to better understand how it works, and learn about the seven stages of Alzheimer’s. People often resist reaching out for help at first, but support groups can be enormously helpful. Through support groups, you can: 1) Learn how to cope with the disease, and 2) Hear about other people’s experiences with symptoms and treatments. If you are looking for an early-stage support group contact Judy Filippoff, MSW, Early Stage Program coordinator at the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900. For a list of support groups through Alzheimer's Aid Society of Northern California click here or visit the Alzheimer’s Association support group and education calendar. Remember, you are not alone in your diagnosis. Watch video.
Caregiving can be both emotionally draining and extremely rewarding. If you are an adult child with parents needing care, it is a way to give back the love and nurturing they provided you. There are online support groups just for caregivers. Subscribe to Today’s Caregiver for more tips and articles on how to become a Fearless Caregiver. Here are some things to remember when providing care:
If you are starting to feel the burnout of caregiving, find respite care immediately. Respite care is similar to childcare, or a parent hiring a babysitter for a night out. If you need care during the day while you are at work, look for adult day care in your area.
Your doctor will discuss options for conventional therapies including prescription drugs. Other therapies such as art, music and poetry, can have a positive impact on quality of life and well-being for both patient and caregiver. When you need help or have questions, call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 help line at 800-272-3900.
If you are ready for additional levels of care, consider Eskaton’s Dayspring Pre-memory Care or Dawn of a New Day program:
Dayspring Pre-memory Care offers a blended or transitional approach to assisted living and memory care. Residents experiencing mild cognitive impairment and early dementia experience supportive independence and the privacy of an apartment in a traditional Eskaton assisted living community.The empathic approach focuses on comfort, personal dignity and self-worth. Residents engage in activities to promote self-expression and overcome cognitive challenges. Families are involved with activities and regular communication.
Dawn of a New Day Memory Care residents enjoy the intimacy of private or semi-private rooms, along with the benefits of the social atmosphere of the common living room, dining area, recreation room and courtyards. Additionally, creative sensory stimulation activities including arts and crafts, pet therapy, reminiscence, gardening, tea socials, exercise, outings and intergenerational connections are scheduled regularly — and often joined by family members and volunteers.
To learn more about these programs, contact one of the communities below.