Washingtonians Debbie, Juanita and Les, care partners of loved ones with dementia, share challenges and strategies to help their loved one and themselves.
As Alzheimer's and other dementias progress, behaviors change. Learn More
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When people have Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, their ability to communicate gradually declines. Communicating requires patience, understanding and good listening skills. Click here to:
Washington’s Community Living Connections staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.
The Dementia Road Map: A Guide for Family and Caregivers offers guidance about what to do when a person experiences changes in memory and thinking, and offers information and tips about what to expect and steps to take if someone in your family has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Read it online in English or in Spanish. Or, order paper copies, click here for ordering instructions.
Caregivers of persons with dementia and Alzheimer's frequently report experiencing high levels of stress. It can be overwhelming to take care of a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia, but too much stress can be harmful to both of you. Read on to learn symptoms and ways to avoid burnouts.
People with Alzheimer's or another dementia can still do the activities they love. Many activities can be modified to the person's ability. Activities can reduce behaviors like wandering or agitation and enhance quality of life. Below are several links with more information on types of activities and how to tailor to them.
The Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman advocates for residents of nursing homes, adult family homes, and assisted living facilities. Its purpose is to protect and promote the Resident Rights guaranteed these residents under Federal and State law and regulations. Learn more...
In-home care includes a wide range of services to help a person with Alzheimer's or another dementia stay at home. It also can help caregivers.
Adult day centers and Adult Day Health offer social and safe activities for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Does the person with Alzheimer's or another dementia prefer a communal-living environment? Or does the person need more care than he or she can get at home? If so, a residential care setting may be the best option. Different types provide different levels of care.