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I pledged my birthday for the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program!  What does that mean, exactly?

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Arkansans, Alzheimer’s and no cure in sight http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/arkansans-alzheimers-and-no-cure-in-sight/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:49:32 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2241

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive disease in the United States with the estimated cost for 2016 at $236 billion and is anticipated to rise to a trillion dollars by 2050. Alzheimer’s and related dementia care is provided by more than 15 million caregivers with an estimated 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care valued at over $221 billion. In the United States, one in three seniors will die from Alzheimer’s or related dementias, a 68 percent increase since 2000. (Alz.org)

With no cure in sight, the immense financial, emotional and physical nature of this disease must be faced by Arkansans with great care and urgency. Arkansas ranks ninth in the percentage of population over age 65, with half of those living in rural Arkansas with inadequate medical resources. Of the 75 counties in our state, 22 have no hospital and 46 have only one hospital. In addition, 14 percent of Arkansans 60 years and older are living below the poverty level. (HPSAs) (HRSA website 11/4/2014) Alzheimer’s disease is often accompanied by behavioral and psychological symptoms that are not typical

Arkansas ranks ninth in the percentage of population over age 65, with half of those living in rural Arkansas with inadequate medical resources. Of the 75 counties in our state, 22 have no hospital and 46 have only one hospital. In addition, 14 percent of Arkansans 60 years and older are living below the poverty level. (HPSAs) (HRSA website 11/4/2014)

Alzheimer’s disease is often accompanied by behavioral and psychological symptoms that are not typical to other diseases. Therefore, the unique challenges for paid and unpaid caregivers require quality education, training and information in order to ensure dignity for the older adult and a quality life for both the caregiver and patient. The UAMS Schmieding Caregiver Training Program provides specific programs for both paid and unpaid caregivers for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Paid caregivers can take the Alzheimer’s and dementia (AD) course that provides information and practical tips on managing behaviors such as wandering and resistance to daily hygiene. This course satisfies AR Code 21-1-701 et seq and Arkansas Department of Human Services Nursing Assistant Training Program commonly referred to as the “Barbara Broyles Alzheimer and Dementia Training.”

Unpaid caregivers can attend free dementia family caregiver workshops that provide an overview of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease along with topics such as communication techniques, understanding behaviors, nutrition, caregiver respect, maintaining good quality of care and dignity for the older adult.

UAMS also offers a new tour entitled Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Take a Walk in Their Shoes. This experience allows individuals to experience the physical and sensory disorders that are common in persons with Alzheimer’s disease allowing for greater empathy and understanding. This program can be requested for on-location training in nursing homes, communities of faith groups, or in collaboration with other senior events.

Since its inception, more than 6,200 people have attended Schmieding classes, 3,274 have graduated with certificates, and workshops have been presented to 1,238 family members.

These programs are provided on location and at seven regional Centers on Aging located throughout the state including, Jonesboro, Pine Bluff, Texarkana, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, El Dorado, as well as the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging in Little Rock.

Arkansas is the first to offer this type of training to caregivers statewide, and the UAMS Schmieding program has made it a national leader in caregiver training. Developed in 2002, the program was replicated throughout Arkansas thanks to a generous donation from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to the UAMS Arkansas Aging Initiative program. Since 2009, the foundation has provided more than $20 million dollars to the university to support operation of the programs in Arkansas.

Story featured in Arkansas Senior Resource Directory

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THV11 Features Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program’s Free Classes http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/thv11-features-schmieding-home-caregiver-training-programs-free-classes/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:21:43 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2232

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 24, 2016) – The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will hold a free family caregiver workshop September 14 for those who would like to learn about caring for an adult with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

The workshop will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at 629 Jack Stephens Drive. For more information or to register, please call 501-526-6500, or visit www.uamscaregiving.org.

See full article as featured on THV11.

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Training of Home Caregivers shown to decrease Hospital readmissions and lower healthcare costs http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/training-of-home-caregivers-shown-to-decrease-hospital-readmissions-and-lower-healthcare-costs/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:13:07 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2226

If you are caring for a loved one at home you may be interested to know that a recent study conducted with caregivers in California showed that basic caregiver education lowered the rate of hospitalizations in older adults.

Kaiser Health News

CaliforniaHealthline

In Arkansas, the UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Training program provides free caregiver education to family caregivers and also offers certified caregiver classes throughout the state.  The program is operated under the Arkansas Aging Initiative and classes are ongoing.

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This year I’m celebrating my birthday being a champion to our Older Adults in Arkansas. http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/in-support/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:30:10 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2142

I pledged my birthday for the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program! What does that mean, exactly? It means I’ve decided to celebrate my birthday by raising money to provide high-quality training to caregivers in Arkansas and companionship and dignity for our older adults.

Use the “Share this Story” text and add the name of the person you pledged your birthday in support of! We will add their name and yours to our list of supporters.

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This year I’m celebrating my birthday by serving a purpose for Older Adults in Arkansas. http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/i-joined/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:29:32 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2140

I pledged my birthday for the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program! What does that mean, exactly? It means I’ve decided to celebrate my birthday by raising money to provide high-quality training to caregivers in Arkansas and companionship and dignity for our older adults.

Use the “Share this Story” text and add the name of the person you pledged your birthday in support of! We will add their name and yours to our list of supporters.

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This year I’m celebrating my birthday in honor of my loved one. http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/in-honor/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:29:00 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2138

I pledged my birthday for the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program! What does that mean, exactly? It means I’ve decided to celebrate my birthday by raising money to provide high-quality training to caregivers in Arkansas and companionship and dignity for our older adults.

Use the “Share this Story” text and add the name of the person you pledged your birthday in support of! We will add their name and yours to our list of supporters.

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This year I’m celebrating my birthday in memory of my loved one. http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/in-memory/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:27:45 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2135

I pledged my birthday for the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program! What does that mean, exactly? It means I’ve decided to celebrate my birthday by raising money to provide high-quality training to caregivers in Arkansas and companionship and dignity for our older adults.

Use the “Share this Story” text and add the name of the person you pledged your birthday in support of! We will add their name and yours to our list of supporters.

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This year I’m celebrating my birthday in support of quality care for Older Adults in Arkansas. http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/in-support-2/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:26:36 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2132

I pledged my birthday for the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program! What does that mean, exactly? It means I’ve decided to celebrate my birthday by raising money to provide high-quality training to caregivers in Arkansas and companionship and dignity for our older adults.

Use the “Share this Story” text and add the name of the person you pledged your birthday in support of! We will add their name and yours to our list of supporters.

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August 2016 Caregiving Tip of the Month – Keeping mobile http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/august-2016-caregiving-tip-of-the-month-keeping-mobile/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 16:42:50 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2069

As a person ages, it can become more difficult to keep them moving. If you are providing care for a person who is resistant to walking or has limited mobility, it is helpful to plan out a daily activity routine so they are less likely to sit in one position all day. In many cases, arthritis pain or joint stiffness contributes to the person’s reluctance to get moving. If this is the case, discuss treatment options with the health care provider, it may be possible to adjust current medications or add a morning pain reliever that eases the stiffness.

When planning activities, consider the time of day, what the person used to do, and what is important to them. It might be more important for the person to water the plants outside than for them to do traditional exercises. Physical activity such as getting the mail or walking the dog is a form of exercise and better than sitting on the couch. By focusing on what is important to the person, you may find the right activity to get them moving. 

Music also may be helpful in changing the mood or used to spark interest. Be certain to play music the person enjoys and avoid playing it too loudly. 

Once you learn what is important and enjoyable to the person, you can plan activities that are both fun and meaningful. 

This caregiver tip is provided by the staff of the UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program, your source for information and training on caregiving in Arkansas. For more information on how to plan activities and/or available resources, visit our website at www.uamscaregiving.org and click on resources and recommended reading.  

 

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