Dementia Caregiver Support in Houston

Posted on December 14, 2012

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Laura Wayman, author of A Loving Approach to Dementia Care, is coming to Houston again to work with those experiencing dementia in their own families.  The last time Laura was in town she got a standing ovation from every audience.

A Loving Approach to Dementia CareThis is sponsored by BrightStar Care of Downtown Houston Check out our Facebook page or Caregiver Junction for times of the events.

Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms.  People with dementia suffer from memory impairment and difficulty thinking that affects their daily life and ability to care for themselves and make up a growing segment of the population.  They are at risk for physical disability, additional medical and mental health impairments, and placement in a long-term care facility.  There are no cures for dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease is by far the leading cause of dementia.

Here are a few facts about Alzheimer’s Disease.  (Alzheimer’s Association, 2012)

  • 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • An estimated 800,000 individuals with Alzheimer’s (or one in seven) live alone.
  • Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the country and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
  • In 2009, in Texas, there were over 192,000 people in Nursing Homes and of those residents 51% had severe to moderate cognitive impairment while only 19% had none.

Like the rest of us, people with dementia want to stay in their homes.  A new John Hopkins Study, called Maximizing Independence (MIND) at Home, demonstrates that, with proper intervention, it is possible to extend the time that dementia patients remain in their homes.  Staying at home with the proper support also increased the self-rated quality of life among the participants.

From the perspective of the patient and the family caregivers it is important to know that progress is being made.  ”For those of us in the business of helping keep people stay in their homes it is important that we keep abreast of all these developments so that our clients can reap the benefits.” States Rick Morey of BrightStar of Downtown Houston.  ” This is so much more than a “sitting” service; we need to be actively engaged with our clients to understand their needs and requirements.  Each person is unique and will have a unique set of needs.”

Laura Wayman is scheduled to be with us again in late January of 2012, to provide support for both families and patients.

On January 27, at 3:00 she and others will be presenting at:

 

Alzheimer’s Association. (2012). 2012 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures. Alzheimer’s and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s Association.

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