MedicAlert® NYC Wanderers Safety Program | Summer 2019 Newsletter

Safety First Elizabeth Bravo Santiago, Director of Wanderer's Safety Program Six out of ten persons with Alzheimer’s will wander away from home and become lost. Wandering can be dangerous and life-threatening.CaringKind offers a low-tech identification bracelet that saves lives! In collaboration with the New York City Police Department and the MedicAlert Foundation, CaringKind MedicAlertNYC Wanderers Safety Program is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia who wander or have a medical emergency.When a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease is Mi [...]

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Outreach | Summer 2019 Newsletter

What to Consider After a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease Paula Rice, Manager of African American Outreach Many caregivers are at a loss after a family member is given a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Every person with dementia’s situation is unique; there is no standardized care plan. So, what are the family’s care options? When I was a caregiver for my mom, I sought out the services of Caringkind (formerly the Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter) to determine the best care options for her. We settled on the Adult Day Care Model. This model is a structured program t [...]

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Support Groups | Summer 2019 Newsletter

By Dasha KiperConsulting Clinical Supervisor,Support GroupsWhen Carol, a young woman caring for a mother with Alzheimer’s, said goodbye to her group, she thanked everyone and then added: “I want you to know, this support group saved my life.”How can a bi-monthly meeting, where people gather to talk about the hardships of day-to-day caregiving, have such a profound effect? Do the meetings slow down the progress of the disease? Do they fix what is maddening or devastating about it? Of course not. But the group members knew what Carol meant. It was true for them as well.Like many caregivers, Caro [...]

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