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Navigating alzheimer’s disease and related disorders

The ABCs of Alzheimer’s support: Understanding and assisting those with dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders pose significant challenges for individuals, families, and caregivers. Gaining a comprehensive understanding of these conditions is crucial for providing effective care and promoting independence throughout the various stages of the disease, which is why we require our caregivers to have a certificate of training in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. 

Continue reading as we will delve into:

  1. Importance of specialized training for caregivers
  2. Concerns of family members
  3. Techniques for promoting independence

Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia is a condition characterized by a loss of memory and other cognitive abilities that significantly impact daily life. It is important to note that dementia itself is not a disease, but rather a collection of symptoms that often accompany an underlying condition. 

One of the most common types of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which specifically affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, meaning that symptoms worsen over time. It is the most prevalent form of dementia. Several risk factors contribute to its development, including advanced age, a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, genetic predisposition, and lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, an unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity.

How can we support independence in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders?

Our commitment to providing exceptional care to individuals with dementia empowers us to offer better services to our clients. Through specialized training, caregivers gain the knowledge and skills necessary to support independence at each stage of the disease. Techniques such as cognitive stimulation, maintaining routines, and creating a safe environment contribute to enhancing quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

Additional Resource:

Explore the early warning signs of dementia and what caregivers and loved ones can do to support those with Alzheimer’s

Why is in-person training important for caregivers?

While online courses may serve as an initial introduction, we believe in the power of in-person training for caregivers. Recognizing that over half of our clients have dementia, our caregivers are required to have a certificate of training in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

In-person training provides a more effective learning experience, allowing caregivers to develop crucial skills in dealing with behaviors and other challenges associated with dementia.

Flourish in Place Alzheimer’s and Dementia in-person training

What are the key concerns faced by family members of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders?

Families of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease often face emotional and practical challenges. It is crucial for caregivers to recognize and address these concerns. Opening communication, empathy, and regular updates can help alleviate anxiety and provide reassurance to family members. 

Additionally, by involving families in care planning and encouraging their participation in support groups, we create a strong support network that fosters understanding and collaboration.

Learn more:

Safe and fun activities for Alzheimer’s patients to do at home

What are our future initiatives in Alzheimer’s care?

Flourish is committed to maintaining a high standard of care and will continue to provide regular training sessions. We understand the importance of addressing different forms of dementia, and thus, we plan to incorporate Lewy Body Dementia training annually. For clients diagnosed with Lewy Body Disease, we will offer specific coaching by Sue Bouder to selected Flourish caregivers, ensuring tailored and comprehensive support.

Looking for caregiving services for a loved one in Orlando and surrounding areas?

Flourish in Place is a licensed home health “private duty” agency offering non-medical supportive care for seniors and adults with disabilities in their chosen home environment.

We provide non-medical home care specialized services including dementia care, cooking and serving nutritious meals, companionship and support, light housekeeping, and medication reminders.

To learn more, please request your Free Consultation today!


1: Alzheimer’s Association | What is Alzheimer’s Disease? 

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