What is dementia? How should the doctor share a diagnosis of dementia with the person and the family members? What happens after the diagnosis? What are some best-care practices?
This program is a compilation of honest answers about dementia from medical doctors, professional care partners, family members of those diagnosed with dementia, and a person living with it. Filled with thoughtful perspectives and firsthand experiences, this DVD will both empower families to understand and deal with dementia on their own terms and encourage healthcare professionals to think beyond their current views of dementia to provide better person- and family-centered care.
The topics include:
~ Maintaining a respect for the personhood of each person
~ Ways to help persons with dementia to continue to live purposefully
~ Recognizing differences in forms of dementia
~ Medications and behavioral concerns
~ End-of-life care
~ Everyone will be informed, encouraged, and challenged by these well-rounded insights.
Hosted by journalist Julie Anderson, this program features Judy Berry, Mona Johnson, G. Allen Power, MD, Richard Taylor, PhD, Sarah Rowan, PhD, and Bill Thomas, MD.
This two-part DVD presents a compassionate, yet realistic portrait of the many issues faced by persons with dementia, (and their caregivers) when a decision has to be made about giving up driving.
Stories shows the real stories of five persons with dementia, and the impact that no longer being safe to drive makes on the autonomy and self-esteem of the person with dementia, as well as, the effects on family relationships and life styles. The stories are four to eleven minutes long, and put a human face on how it feels to be told that you can no longer drive, and how it feels to be a caregiver in this emotionally-charged process.
Related Issues includes helpful insights from healthcare and driving safety professionals on how Alzheimer's affects driving ability, how to initiate the conversation about driving cessation, transportation options, and what healthcare specialists can do to help facilitate the situation for both the person with dementia and the caregiver.
This follow-up DVD to More Than a Thousand Tomorrows (the story of Betty and Everett Jordan's struggle with Alzheimer's Disease) deals with the tough decision of nursing home placement, and how the Jordan family struggled with that decision.
In this DVD, Is it the Right Time? The Nursing Home Decision, several of Everett and Betty's children participate in a social worker-facilitated discussion of how that decision was made and how the communication regarding the decision might have been better handled. Their frank and honest questions and answers shed light on the importance of keeping open the lines of family communication around the timing of this very emotional and difficult decision.
Caring for a family member can bring on a gamut of emotional and physical strains that affect the health of the caregiver and the quality of care they are able to provide. The Modified Caregiver Strain Index (CSI) is an assessment tool designed to both measure the stress of caregiving, and to highlight areas that the family caregiver should address. It explores the 4 Domains of Caregiving íV physical, psychological, financial, and personal, and provides a framework in which care professionals can help family caregivers to acknowledge and address these specific areas.
The benefits of improving care of hospitalized older adults who have dementia, by tapping into the wealth of information family members can provide, is shown in this pre-admission screening. The DVD shows the importance of identifying normal behavior patterns, individual preferences, and ADL capabilities, with the ultimate goal of preventing avoidable problems, and improving outcomes. How hospitalization can affect patients is also discussed, along with delirium prevention and fall prevention protocols.
This new resource orients professional and family caregivers to the world of the person with dementia. This DVD helps caregivers understand the causes of many dementia-related behaviors. It gives simple strategies to prevent or redirect these behaviors while providing emotional and physical care to the person. The DVD will also enable caregivers to:
~ provide dignity while bathing and helping with other personal care needs.
~ validate the person's emotions and feelings, and redirect toward familiar memories and actions
~ reduce stress and agitation by adjusting sound levels and other potential environment triggers
~ boost emotional comfort through body language and tone of voice
The DVD also stresses the benefits as adjusting care to accommodate the person's preferences as much as possible, and creating positive interactions that encourage use of the person's remaining skills to build self-esteem and increase personal autonomy.
More Than a Thousand Tomorrows revisits one of the couples, Everett and Betty Jordan. This DVD looks at the progression of changes Alzheimer's causes in their intimate relationship--over a seven-year period. Central to the video is Everett's candid discussion of his feelings and decisions regarding his ongoing intimate relationship with Betty, and how he has coped.
Sometimes being at home means that we need the help of a caregiver, and most often that caregiver is a member of the family who has little or no experience providing home care. This program provide information about five basic caregiving concerns including: moving and transfer, infection control, nutrition, stress, and talking to your doctor.
This program takes a look at how two different families deal with the stresses and changes involved in caring for a parent that has Alzheimer's. The Honel family decides to care for their father in their own home, and they deal with the profound emotional stresses that accompany that choice. The Hagwoods make use of adult day care and then finally face the need to place their mother in a nursing home. This program raises several issues central to the experience of caring for someone who has Alzheimer's disease, and will generate amoung those who see it much therapeutic discussion.
Seven years after the original film "My Mother, My Father" was produced, this program visits each of the four families again, exploring the changes that have taken place over the years in family dynamics and in caregiving needs. In addition the caregivers themselves reflect on their own aging and what plans they are making for when they grow older and possibly become more dependent on someone else for care.