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Welcome To Our eNewsletter ~ Apr 2017 Vol II

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Caregiver Tips

* Vision

People with Alzheimer’s disease can suffer from impaired vision that goes way beyond the age associated challenges of cataracts and yellowed eye lenses. Caregivers should be alert to these issues so that they can recognize vision-related behaviors and make modifications to give better support.

1. Depth perception-those with Alzheimer’s can lose their depth perception. They have a hard time judging distances, or in determining if something is a 3 dimensional object or a picture. You may see an Alzheimer’s patient trying to pick the flowers up off of a fabric with a floral design, or treating a border on a carpet as a step, either up or down.

2. Reduced field of vision-people’s field of vision narrows as they age. However, for some with Alzheimer’s disease, the field of vision narrows dramatically. They are unable to see to either side, resulting in disorientation and a tendency to bump into things. The reduced field of vision is related to the inability to perceive depth and distance.

3. Color and contrast-some with Alzheimer’s cannot pick out an object if it is surrounded by other objects of similar color. Colors in the blue end of the color spectrum seem harder to recognize than those at the red end.

4. Following motion-following a moving object can be difficult. It has been described as watching something move as a series of still images. These problems have serious implications for anyone who is still driving a car, but it also impacts people’s ability to comfortably watch television or any activity involving fast motion.

What You Can Do:

- Increase the lighting-the better the lighting, the easier it is for people to see.
-Avoid patterned carpets and upholstery-by using a single color or muted designs, you can eliminate the problems posed by carpets with borders and furniture with patterns.
- Eliminate clutter on the floors, and make the pathways through a room obvious and wide.
- Use color contrast-making sure that objects are clearly defined by contrasting colors can be extremely helpful in maintaining a person’s ability to function without help.
- Get an eye exam-if your loved one has not had a recent eye exam and you notice problems that may be due to vision, get an eye exam. Proper prescription lenses or cataract removal can reduce the visual challenges.
- Remember the sunglasses-many people are light sensitive, and Alzheimer’s patients seem to be especially so. Remember to bring sunglasses when you go outdoors at all times of year.

This Week's Blog:

Coping With Alzheimer's-Tribute To A Caregiver > READ ON

Support Groups

Support groups are regularly scheduled, free gatherings of persons who are providing care for persons with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder. The primary purpose of these groups is to provide education and knowledge about the disease and caregiver skills. Groups remind caregivers they are not alone, give them a chance to say what they are feeling in a supportive environment, learn new strategies and resources in the community and foster support networks.

Salinas, CA:

Apr 10th 5:30-7:30 pm

DETAILS HERE

Derby, CT:

Apr 11th 6:00-7:30 pm

DETAILS HERE

The Dalles, OR:

Apr 12th 3:00-4:00 pm

DETAILS HERE

Johnstown, NY

Apr 13th 4:00-5:00 pm

DETAILS HERE

Ennis, TX

Apr 14th 9:30-10:30 pm

DETAILS HERE

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Poetry

Song For An Old-Fashioned April ~FamilyFriendPoems

April, April, how do I know
whether thou be friend or foe?
Give me sunlight, give me breath,
Give me belief there is no death.

How I wonder, my giver of the flower
Whether I'll have staying power;
To wage this battle through thick and thin
To know my love will come back again...

Tell me April, who is my love,
The red robin or the cooing dove?
How can a messenger seem so still
While streams overflow with winter's swill?

Give me love or give me power;
I'll take some of both
And contemplate the flower......

New Product On The Block

Item #0204

Busy Board Toy for Alzheimer's Patients


This therapy board brings everyday items together in an appealing and portable location so that loved ones with memory loss can continue to practice recognizable activities in a calm setting. Devoid of childlike features, the board was designed to maintain the dignity of aging adults.

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Clinical Trials

Search for clinical trials and studies related to Alzheimer's, other dementias, mild cognitive impairment, and caregiving at the National Institute on Aging. DETAILS HERE

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