Alzheimer Journey

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This educational series will introduce families to important topics that will help guide them through the process of learning how to live with dementia, for each stage of the disease.

Seniors attending seminar.

For details about the Alzheimer Journey program closest to you, please call 1-800-664-8411 or email [email protected]

About the program

The Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick is pleased to offer the three-part family learning series: Alzheimer Journey!

This is a free educational series available in English and French around the province.

The Alzheimer Journey addresses challenges at different stages of the disease, from early stages, to middle, to late and end-of-life stages.

Aimed toward those living with the disease, their family members and their caregivers, the consecutive weeks of education will introduce important topics that will help guide them through the process of learning how to live with dementia.

First steps

This series is recommended for those who have been recently diagnosed with dementia, their family members and their caregivers.

Here are the topics discussed during each week:

Week one: What is dementia?

  • Definitions
  • Warning signs
  • Getting a diagnosis
  • Risk factors
  • Medications

Week two: Communication and coping strategies

  • Communicating the diagnosis
  • Changes in communication
  • Communicating effectively

Week three: Navigating the system

  • Community resources
  • Components of eligibility

Week four: Legal matters

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Healthcare directives
  • Wills
  • Financial matters
  • Driving

Week five: Resources and support

  • Identifying your support systems
  • Quality of life
  • Working with your doctor
  • Caring for yourself
  • Benefits of leisure

Care essentials

This education series is recommended for those in the middle stage of their diagnosis, for their family members and for their caregivers.

Here are the topics discussed during each week:

Week one: What to expect

  • What is dementia?
  • Progression: Middle stage
  • Treatment
  • Approach to care

Week two: The caregiving journey

  • Caregiving challenges
  • Making decisions
  • Impact of stress
  • Reducing caregiver stress

Week three: Day-to-day care

  • Communication
  • Activities of daily living
  • Choosing leisure activities
  • Approach to care

Week four: Understanding behaviour

  • Challenging behaviours
  • Responsive behaviours
  • Intervention strategies
  • Approach to care

Care in the later stages

This education series is recommended for those in the late and end-of-life stages of the disease, their family members and their caregivers.

Week one: Approaches to care

  • Changes that occur at the end-of-life
  • The natural progression of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
  • Quality of life
  • Difficult decisions that families may need to make

Week two: Making important decisions

  • Quality of life, continued
  • Signs of pain in advanced dementia
  • Managing pain
  • Ways to provide comfort
  • The dying process

Week three: The dying process and grieving process

  • Defining grief
  • Anticipatory grief
  • The impact of grief
  • Normal symptoms of grief
  • Self-care
  • Community resources