Preventing Caregiver Burden and Burnout

 

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WNY ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER PARTNERSHIP

If you are a caregiver of any age, we can help! We assist caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. We help with care consultation and assessmentcaregiver support groupscaregiver educationrespite assistanceenrichment eventscaregiver events, and transportation. We also welcome volunteers and we offer a variety of opportunities. We serve residents of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Wyoming counties. You can also call 800-342-9871 (NYConnects).

How Can We Help?

Caregiver Resources

To ease your burden, we can link you with a care consultation and needs assessment. We can offer assistance with episodic respite in the home, in a social or medical day program, planned overnight respite assistance or in-home companion services. We can also provide information about transportation for you to and from appointments or events, or for your loved one.

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Community Resources

We offer caregiver support groups, Powerful Tools for Caregivers education classes and dementia-specific caregiver education classes.

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Caregiver Tips

Lewy Bodies Dementia – The second most common dementia diagnosis in older adults, after Alzheimer's disease, is Lewy Bodies dementia. Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is a progressive brain disease and the second-leading cause of degenerative dementia in the elderly.  To better understand how LBD affects a person, please click "Learn More" below. 

Explicit Memory  vs. Implicit Memory – Understanding the difference between these two distinct memory types can help caregivers resolve unwanted behaviors and avoid agitation in those they are caring for.  To better understand how implicit memory and explicit memory differ, please click "Learn More" below. 

Daily Structure Helps Decrease and Eliminate Behaviors - A structured, predictable environment helps relieve anxiety commonly known to trigger behavior issues in the memory impaired. For tips on how to help reduce stress in their lives, click "Learn More" below. 

Dealing with Hiding, Rummaging, Hoarding, and Accusations of Stealing - The need to hide, rummage, hoard and remove objects is a common behavior.  To read more about the best way to respond, click "Learn More" below. 

T.H.I.N.K.  P.E.A.C.E. Behavior Identification - When an individual with Alzheimer's or other dementia displays a behavior, he or she is telling you something!  Behaviors are a form of communication when words fail.  When confronted with a challenging behavior, THINK PEACE! To read more of this tip, click "Learn More" below.

Ensuring Peaceful Interactions - As your loved one continues to experience changes through the disease process, caregivers need to take steps to ensure their loved ones daily experiences and interactions are peaceful and do not increase anxiety. To learn how you can help to ensure  interactions are peaceful, click "LEARN MORE" below.

For archived articles and to read each tip in its entirety, click "LEARN MORE."

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Volunteer

For those who have the time and passion for helping others, we have a variety of opportunities to volunteer. Free training will be provided. 

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Our Mission

The Western New York Alzheimer’s Caregiver Partnership is dedicated to connecting caregivers of persons with dementia with the support and services they need to lessen caregiver burden and prevent burnout. Launched in 2016 and funded by a Department of Health grant, we serve caregivers in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Wyoming counties.