Welcome to the AARP Caregiver Cafe

Posted on 11/03/21

We know that caregiving from someone with dementia is a labor of love. AARP Tennessee invites you to join us in a monthly virtual Caregiver Café with Lori Bishop, a certified trainer for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. 

The Caregiver Café is a place to give you a better understanding of dementia, providing the best care, dealing with behavioral issues, and handling stress. 

It’s free and all from the comfort of your own home!

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Here is the upcoming schedule of workshops - register today!

Next Session: How Can 911 Help Caregivers?
Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. ET | Register Now >>

Join Lori Bishop and special guest Jimmy Long, the Director of the Blount County 911 Call Center for a conversation about how the 911 call center can assist caregivers. 

This interactive discussion will help answer these important questions:

  • How do I alert emergency personnel that my loved one has dementia?
  • What is Silver Alert and how does it work?
  • What are wellness checks?  
  • My loved one with dementia is no longer safe driving.  What do I do?  
  • My loved one is at a stage that they are difficult to deal with and they tell people I am mean to them.  I’ve heard of caregivers that have been accused of abuse.  How do I protect myself from that happening to me?

Be prepared with YOUR questions.  This is your time!


Session 1: Understanding Dementia: Types, Causes & Symptoms
May 4 | Watch the Recording >>
Summary: Dementia is a word that is used to describe symptoms related to a loss of mental abilities.  The ability to think clearly, recall information and process information may be impacted as a result.  About 5-8% of adults over the age of 65 have some form of dementia and nearly 50% of people in their 80s are affected by dementia.  How do you know if what you are noticing is normal or dementia?

Join us to learn more.  We will be answering some of the following questions:

  • What are the most common types of dementia?
  • What causes dementia and who is most at risk? 
  • What are the signs and symptoms of dementia?  How do I know if that is what I am dealing with?
  • What can I expect?  Various stages of disease. 


Session 2: Dealing with Dementia Behaviors
June 1 | Watch the Recording >>
Summary: One of the major challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia is coping with the troubling behavior and personality changes that often occur.  It is important to remember that the person with dementia is not being deliberately difficult. Your loved one’s behavioral issues are made worse by their environment, their inability to deal with stress, or their frustrated attempts to communicate and there are actions you can take to ease their stress and improve your caregiving experience.  

Join us to learn some ways you can identify triggers for behaviors and make adjustments to your routines and the environment to improve the situation. 

CAREGIVING

Build a Care Team for your Loved One with Dementia
July 6 | Watch the Recording >>
Caregiving for someone with dementia is challenging.  The impact on a caregiver’s lifestyle, financial situation and overall physical and mental health can be dramatic.  Building a care team to assist you is critical.

In this session we will discuss who should be on your care team, how to ask for help and how to know when it’s time to seek professional help.


Managing the Stress of Dementia
August 3
Caregiving for a loved one with dementia is one of the most stressful jobs on the planet.  Many caregivers burnout or develop their own health issues before the loved one they care for is gone.  It is imperative that caregivers manage the stress of caregiving in healthy ways.

In this session we will discuss some ways you can manage the stress of caring for a loved one including:

  • Resources and facilities
  • Support groups
  • Education opportunities
  • Care team assistance
  • Stress relieving exercises
  • Respite 

Caring and Sharing
Sept. 7
Join AARP’s panel of caregivers and caregiver support resources as they share their experience, strength, and hope with you.  The panel will be discussing common topics affecting family caregivers and answering your questions.  

  • How do I get my loved on to see a neurologist?
  • I am worried about my loved one driving.  What should I do?
  • How do I know when it’s time to get help or move my loved one to a facility?
  • I worry that I may have dementia.  What should I do?
  • My loved one has been diagnosed.  What should I expect?
  • How do I communicate with my loved one when the answer is always “No!”

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