Think Like an Occupational Therapist: The Importance of Individualized Activities in FTD Care

From the Partners in FTD Care Newsletter:

part-careDan is a middle-aged man from Ohio who has FTD. His symptoms have frustrated the efforts of his wife, Rita, to engage Dan in necessary self-care activities. Fortunately, occupational therapists are trained to overcome exactly these types of challenging behaviors.

This issue of Partners in FTD Care explains how Rita worked with a home-based OT — and, later, therapeutic recreation specialists — to develop an individualized plan based on Dan’s own unique behavioral patterns, needs and interests. This tailored approach has helped Dan to remain an active participant in his own life.

Strategies for the Holidays from Caregiver.com

“The holidays can be a time of renewal – renewal of friendships through visits and cards, cgrenewal of family relationships through gatherings and shared meals, and renewal of one’s faith. But the holidays also are a time that can be particularly challenging for a caregiver. It is a time during which the changes in one’s life are highlighted and there are additional demands placed upon on an already stressed life.” Read more …

The Holidays and Dementia talk in Fairfield – Dec 14th

I realize it is short notice, but I just became aware of this on the Daily Voice web site. big

“The Alzheimer’s Association is sponsoring The Holidays and Dementia talk at Bigelow Center for Senior Activities on Wednesday, Dec 14th at 10:30 a.m.

The focus will be on helping caregivers feel less anxious, frustrated and stressed. With some planning and adjusted expectations, celebrations can be happy, memorable occasions.

The Center is located at 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield. Any CT resident over 55 is welcome to attend. The program is free of charge. Pre-registration is required by calling 203-256-3166.”

AFTD’s 2017 Education Conference – May 5th, 2017

AFTD’s 2017 Education Conference will be held on May 5th, 2017 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, MD.

conf-2017AFTD’s Education Conference provides opportunities for all members of the FTD community – researchers, medical professionals, caregivers and persons living with FTD – to meet in person, share resources and learn about the latest developments in FTD research.

Online registration will open in January.