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When a member of our community is diagnosed with a condition such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, it can be a trying time for the senior and their loved ones. With our individualized nursing care, the team at Mill Run is continually striving to make this time of transition one that is as easy and painless as possible.
As you seek the worthwhile care your loved one requires, we know that you and your family need as much support and information as possible. With this in mind, we’ve put together this thorough list of memory care resources (i.e., Alzheimer’s blogs, dementia blogs) for families to browse in order to obtain information and receive answers to common questions.
Alzheimer’s/Dementia/Memory Care Organizations
- Alzheimer’s Association – This global nonprofit specializes in enhancing the care of those diagnosed with the condition as well as advancing research through donations.
- Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) – This foundation was designed to ease the mind of patients and caregivers from coast to coast who face repercussions from this disease daily.
- Alzheimers.gov– This website was created by the government as a free resource that those with or those caring for someone with the illness may refer to.
- Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center – The National Institute on Aging has created this organization that encourages research of the disease as well as support through vital information and donations.
- John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation – This foundation’s focus is acquiring funding in order to make developments in Alzheimer’s research.
- Dementia Society of America – This non-profit organization was created with the goal of educating people about dementia and its effects.
- Dementia Advocacy and Support Network International (DASNI) – This worldwide organization is aimed at helping those diagnosed with dementia to work together, support each other and improve their quality of life.
- Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) – LBDA was founded as a support system for those with Lewy body dementia in order to find a cure and increase awareness of the condition.
- MemoryCare.org – This website was created as a memory care resource for those who have developed memory impairments, as well as their caregivers.
- Music & Memory – This organization focuses on improving memory by promoting a form of therapy that utilizes music to trigger memories.
Alzheimer’s Blogs and Information
- Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet – Provided by the National Institute on Aging, this fact sheet gives insight into what Alzheimer’s is, what causes it and more.
- Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics – WebMD has created a page on its site filled with information regarding Alzheimer’s, including helpful diagrams and pictures.
- Missing Jim: Confessions of an Alzheimer’s Wife – The wife of a man with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s blogs about her daily life of caring for her husband and raising two children.
- Alzheimer’s Reading Room – This Alzheimer’s blog aims to educate and support caregivers through all stages of the disease.
- Alzheimer’s Front Row – This blog highlights medical news and developments about the disease.
Dementia Blogs and Information
- Dementia Types – MedicineNet has created a page on their website with information about dementia, including useful slideshows and diagrams.
- Dementia.com – This website covers everything about the condition, from its causes to its symptoms and treatments.
- Inside Dementia – This dementia blog features the memoir entries of a woman whose mother has the condition. The writer discusses caregiving, treatments and more.
- The Caregiver’s Voice – This blog was created to give insights and hope to caregivers through frequent blog entries about dementia.
- My Demented Mom – This blog is written by a woman whose mother was diagnosed with dementia. She talks about coping with the disease and its long-term effects.
The following resources come from Alzheimer’s and dementia blogs and specifically cover information tailored to those who care for patients with one or both these conditions:
- 10 Crucial Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers via The Huffington Post
- Caregivers and Dementia Patients Need Different Kinds of Support via Everyday Health
- 4 Ways to Ease the Burden of Dementia Caregiving via Everyday Health
- Caregiving for an Aging Parent From Afar: 6 Ways to Help via TIME
- 25 Tips for Visiting a Person With Alzheimer’s via TODAY
The following memory care resources emphasize the financial responsibility that comes with these conditions:
- The High Costs of Caring for Alzheimer’s Patients via AARP
- Financial Advisors via Alzheimer’s Hope
- Paying for Memory Care: 7 Things to Know via Caring.com
- 10 Things You Should Know About Your Parent’s Finances via AgingCare.com
- Support for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers via HelpGuide.org
- AlzConnected – A free online community created by the Alzheimer’s Association, this is a place for caregivers to reach out for support and also give it to others going through a trying time due to the disease.
- AlzOnline – This is another free online support group for those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as for their families and caregivers.
- Memory People – This Facebook group is a support and awareness page where users can post questions and get answers from other group members about Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
- Caregiver Support Groups – The Alzheimer’s Association has chapters of support groups across the country where members can meet in a comfortable environment and discuss anything on their mind.
- Online Support Groups – This link gives a further list of online support groups for caregivers to utilize relating to Alzheimer’s, dementia, assisted living and more.
You Can Count on Mill Run
In addition to these extensive online memory care resources, Alzheimer’s and dementia blogs and more, our caring staff at Mill Run is also always available as a resource. Our physicians, nurses, volunteers and other staff members can be a helping hand, a source for advice, or someone to confide in.
If you’d like to reach out to a member of our staff for assistance or more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.