Chicken Soup for the Soul – Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias

I went to a book signing at the Barnes and Noble in Westport yesterday. Got a chance to meet the author, see Kristin Cusato again, she had been the director of the local Alz chapter and hear from one of the contributors. I’ve only read one story so far, but have heard from others that the book is wonderful 

Chicken SoupHere is how it is described: “Are you living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia? You are not alone. With 101 inspiring stories by others like you, this book will be a source of support and encouragement throughout your journey. ”

In addition to the inspiration, “All royalties from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias go to the Alzheimer’s Association.”

Here’s a link to the Alz page talking about the book and to Barnes and Noble to order.

 

 

CT FTD Foundation is hosting their 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

The CT FTD Foundation is hosting their 2nd Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, August 4th, 2014 at Stanley Golf Course in New Britain, CT.

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Visit their Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/TheCTFTDFoundationInc.

Contact Keith Harvey with questions keith.harvey@ctftdfoundation.org.

 

CT FTD Foundation Support Group – Meets this Sunday June 22

The CT FTD Foundation has a support group meeting for all caregiver’s and families/friends who have a loved one diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

ArdArdenCourten Courts of Farmington, 45 South Rd Farmington, CT, Sunday June 22nd,  at 1:00 PM.

The support group meetings are a chance for everyone to share their experiences and express concerns. It also gives a chance to share ideas that have worked for other caregivers going through the same experience. Meetings are informal.  You are welcome to bring your loved one with FTD, Arden Courts will provide respite care in a separate room.  Please just let us know in advance if your loved one will attend.

For more information contact info@ctftdfoundation.org. Please RSVP for each meeting.

Caregiver Support Group Meeting

The Caregiver Support Group at the Norwalk Senior Center is for caregivers of family members or friends diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or Dementia. 

The group offers caregivers an opportunity to share their experiences, help others by sharing their ideas, find out about resources and information that might be helpful. Meetings are friendly and informal.

alzheimers-184x300Thursday, June 12, 2014, 10:30 am – 11:30 am.

Norwalk Senior Center, 11 Allen Road, Norwalk, CT

Doug Wyse of the AARP will join us at this meeting to gather ideas of how AARP can support caregivers at the State level.

While the caregivers meet, activities will be provided for loved ones with dementia by Wilton Meadows/The Greens memory care specialists.

Hosted by Lynn Westfield, the group is free and open to all. Membership in the Senior Center is not required. For more information  or if you are interested in participating, please call Lynn at (203) 847-3115 ext. 108 or send an email to her at mow@norwalksc.org.

Meetings are on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. At the meeting on the second Thursday, there are Dementia Care Specialists from Wilton Meadows who provide activities for loved ones while caregivers meet.

Vacationing with someone with FTD

This subject has come up at two of my support groups recently, as the vacation season approaches.

Travelling with someone with dementia requires knowledge and preparation. Not sure how to do it, what to consider, where to get help?

EvaSo, I asked the person who runs the business networking group I attend since she is a travel agent. I was surprised when she said that is part of her business, that she works with families to plan, make arrangements, and has a network of trained travel companions who specialize in Alzheimer’s and memory care.

According to her flyer, “They are skilled, trained and compassionate travel aides who will attend to your family member’s memory care needs while on vacation. Enjoy your vacation together as a family, not as a caregiver. Rest assured that your loved ones are being genuinely cared for by our trained travel aides while you and they enjoy a wonderful, relaxing and stress-free family vacation.”

Her name is Eva Greenwald and her company is Eva’s Best Travel and Cruises.

Here is a link to her Alzheimer’s flyer for Eva’s Best Travel and Cruises.

Eva will be attending the July 10th meeting of the Norwalk Senior Center Caregiver Support Group to talk about her services.  The meeting starts at 10:30am, 11 Allen Road, Norwalk, CT. For more info, contact Lynn Westfield at mow@norwalksc.org.