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Caregiving for Caregivers best equips Caregivers to: 1) meaningfully and accurately assess whether your loved one may have Alzheimer's Disease or another type of Dementia; 2) give your loved one the best possible care and support; and 3) learn how to "grieve for the living," the healthiest way to truly be an effective Caregiver for a loved one.

Using his straightforward style in seminars and one-on-one sessions, Roy Steinberg, Ph.D. diffuses unhealthy misconceptions about aging, memory loss, and dementia. He helps both Caregivers and their loved ones cope with the reality through truth and compassion.

And it all begins with:

Education - Informing Caregivers about the difference between normal, healthy aging and cognitive decline, as well as the different types of Dementia. This enables them to participate in accurately diagnosing and developing behavioral strategies when caring for their loved one.

Truth - Helping Caregivers understand that when someone suffers from Alzheimer's Disease or another type of Dementia, he or she is irrevocably changed and Caregivers need to look at him or her as a changed person. Their loved one will never be the same again.

Collaboration - Working as a team with Caregivers to diagnose their loved one, understand the truth of what has transpired, and provide the best possible care and support for their loved one.

Compassion - Using understanding and compassion to help Caregivers first confront the truth, then take care of themselves, while at the same time doing what is best for their loved ones.

As a Caregiver, it is important that you identify possible reasons for atypical behavior which may be related to Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of Dementia that your loved one may be exhibiting and consider possible solutions that could make a difference:

Identify and examine the behavior
- What is the atypical behavior?
- Did something trigger the behavior?
- How do aspects of the environment
  perpetuate the behavior?

Explore potential reasons for your
loved one's behavior

- Is there something your loved one needs or wants,
  even if this can not be expressed, or is your loved one
  not aware of such a need?

- Are you engaging your loved one in a style of
  communications that may be harmful or ineffective?
  (Sometimes less is more.)

- Does the behavior have something to do with
  your loved one's surroundings? Will physical
  changes suffice?

- Does your loved one have limitations that need to be
  addressed in a different way? Are your actions   exacerbating these limitations?

Try different interventions in the future
- Did your approach help?
- Do you need to explore other potential causes and
  solutions? If so what might you do differently?
- The key to intervention is not only to identify the
  problem, but to allow for flexibility of thought and
  behavior in considering alternatives

Caregiver and loved one being counseled about Alzheimer's Disease

    If you would like more information
    to email Dr. Steinberg.

    Caregiving For Caregivers
    Roy Steinberg Ph.D.
    Tel  609.458.2540

In a moving and easy to read format, Dr. Steinberg has laid out a true caregiver's guide to dealing with Alzheimer's disease, from the first signs to the final stages.  

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