Caregivers Corner

In the new Caregivers Corner, you will find articles covering a variety of topics related to older adults and caregiving. This information should be informative and useful whether you are a volunteer, client, or caregiver. Questions, feedback or recommendations for future articles can be directed to Stephanie Koop.
Two of the most important issues facing caregivers today are lack of caregiver support and inadequate information. Becoming familiar with community resources and accessing them can help caregivers solve both of these issues at the same time enabling them to care for both themselves and others.


The Care of Caregivers

Caregiving can be a part or full-time job. Caregivers may live close to, far away from, or in the same home as the person they are caring for. Additionally, they can provide help with a few tasks or be almost entirely responsible for the care of a friend or loved one.

It’s easy to burn out. Preventing burnout is done through self care. Caring for yourself is as important as caring for your friend or loved one. Think of the safety message that flight attendants give you when you fly (and are traveling with a dependent)- first, put on your own oxygen mask, then assist the child with his/her mask. Caring for yourself combats stress and short tempers and allows you to provide the best care possible to others.

Dementia Care, Compassionate Communication

by Stephanie Koop, RN,CWC Nurse Case Manager

Techniques for building a relationship with a person living with dementia (PLWD) were offered by Charleen Phelps, RN of Positive Approach to Care (PAC) in a program discussing dementia care partnering. The day-long event offered at no cost to the public by Citizens Who Care was held at Davis Community Church on September 7 and attended by 75 caregivers and professionals. PAC was founded by dementia and Alzheimer's care expert Teepa Snow. This presentation was made possible by a generous grant from the Biberstein Social Action Fund.

Music and Memory

by Stephanie Koop, CWC Assessment Nurse

“Alive Inside” is an uplifting documenta- ry that showcases the incredible power of music for individuals suffering with dementia and some psychi- atric disorders. Over the course of several years, Dan Cohen, a social worker, inter- viewed numerous individuals in nursing homes and assessed their reactions to per- sonalized music lists played via iPod and listened to through headphones. The resident’s responses were nothing short of miraculous. Individuals who had spent years nearly unresponsive became more alert, keeping time to the music with their heads, hands, and feet. Some became so engaged that they began singing and interacting with the people around them which they had not done for years.