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New, Updated Dementia Care Partner Resource Guide for Caregivers Available Free

December 07, 2020

Caregiving is not intuitive — especially for an individual with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia — and can be challenging and overwhelming at times. To provide helpful information and support caregivers in their work, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging recently published version three of the Dementia Care Partner Resource Guide.

“This guide is meant to serve as a road map to help you navigate those challenges and anticipate changing needs so that you can recognize and appreciate the moments of joy,” said Wendy Martinson, MSN, RN, director of Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging.

Topics include an introduction to dementia, understanding behaviors, good communication, safety issues, structuring a day with activities, handling legal and financial matters, care options and taking care of the caregiver The guide also enhanced its appendix offerings of resources including related books and websites.

New in this edition is a specific chapter on Younger Onset Dementia, a term used for people who develop dementia under the age of 65. Many of these people have symptoms in their 40s – younger people who often have different needs and require different support. The new version also addresses driving, how to partner with your rehabilitation therapy team, expanded updates on safety measures and behavior management techniques.

“We think that the Dementia Care Partner Guide is an important resource when facing caregiving challenges,” Martinson said. “Please know that Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is ready to partner with those with dementia and their families.”

To access the virtual guide, click here. Printed copies of the Dementia Care Partner Resource Guide are available by calling Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging at 1.877.424.4641.

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