Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group meets every third Sunday of the month, except when there is a conflict (Easter Sunday and Father’s Day) then we move it to the following Sunday. We meet right after the second service, noon – 1:30 pm.
We enjoy our lunch provided by The Travelers’ Sunday School Class first. After that we discuss whatever is on our agenda, things of interest we want to do or share (i.e. nursing homes vs. memory care facilities, why hospice, pros and cons). Sometimes we have a guest speaker or tour a memory care facility. When Doralee attends classes or workshops she shares with the group updated information.
We have approached this ministry from the aspect of helping the caregivers. This is a tough job! Dementia teaches us the depth of our capacities to be patient, kind and most of all unconditionally loving. One has to be spiritually strong and prepared for a long journey. The caregiver has to take care of her/himself before they can take care of someone else, especially with dementia. Our main focus is to make their job easier by providing them with the right information. It is so helpful when someone has already been where you are and they share how they handled their situation.
We welcome anyone interested in attending, whether Woodland church members or not. We want to help anyone that wants help. We all need it, some people aren’t ready, hope you are. Once you have attended a meeting you will wonder how you’ve done without the support & compassion of those that are experiencing the same journey.
Each month we discuss where each caregiver/patient is on their journey. The changes, what they are experiencing, new meds, whatever is going on. Sometimes there are small or no changes and other times there are difficult changes. When they go from one stage to the next, it can be very trying. Caregivers need a break during these difficult times. A respite house is always a good thing to consider if you don’t have someone else in the family to step in and help. There are many services available depending on what your needs are.
You don’t have to suffer alone, we are here for you Please give us a chance to help you.
Contact Doralee Shannon for more information.
What is dementia:
- A general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities, severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is caused by physical changes in the brain.
- Alzheimer’s being the most common accounts for 60-80% of cases. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
- Vascular Dementia is the second most common and accounts for 10-20% of most cases. More common in women. Life expectancy 5 years.
10 Signs of Dementia:
- Memory problems
- Trouble planning & problem-solving
- Daily tasks are a challenge
- Time & places are confusing
- Changes in vision
- Words & conversation are frustrating
- You lose things
- Lapse of judgment
- Social withdrawal
- Mood changes
Stages of Dementia:
- Normal outward behavior
- Very mild changes
- Mild decline
- Moderate decline
- Severe decline
- Very severe decline
Caregivers have a very stressful and difficult job
- 67% of caregivers die before the dementia patient
- 42% of caregivers are diagnosed with depression
- Body and mind
- Reduce stress
- Eat healthy
- Stay positive
- Establish a routine
- Is the best choice when you and the doctor decide to focus on comfort instead of curing the disease
Get all Business in Order
- Medical POA
- Durable POA
- Living will
- Health care directives
- Legal issues
- Guardianship-financial affairs
- Conservatorship-personal affairs
- Funeral arrangements
- Alzheimer’s Association
- National Institute on Aging — Alzheimer’s Disease Factsheet
- Woodland Blog Posts on Alzheimer’s Disease