- Monthly Caregiver's Support Groups
- early stage Alzheimer's Support Group
- Educational Resources for Professionals and the general public
- Lending library of books, videotapes, and other written material
- Individualized assistance to help families cope with the disease
- Safety Program/Wanders Identification Bracelets
- Quarterly Newsletter
Monthly Caregiver's Support Groups
The Alzheimer's caregiver's support group meetings offer an opportunity for caregivers to meet others who are facing similar challenges and to learn more about Alzheimer's disease and effective coping strategies. The Adult Children Support Group is designed specifically to meet the needs of adults who have a parent with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder. The focus of this group is on issues, concerns, and questions adult children face as they provide care to a parent with memory loss or as they strive to learn more about memory impairment. The Nursing Home/Assisted Living Issues Support Group is a discussion group focusing on the needs of family members of nursing home or assisted living facility residents. Topics of discussion include the care plan process, how to be active in your loved one's care, state and federal regulations governing nursing homes and assisted living facilities, how to resolve concerns and communicate with facility staff, and how to make your visits more meaningful. This group is a closed meeting for family members only.
Early stage Alzheimer's Support Group
The Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center offers a support group designed for individuals who have early stage dementia and are seeking information and support. This group includes discussion on topics such as questions and concerns about memory loss, coping with changes and feelings related to memory loss, adjusting to new situations, wellness, and support systems. This group of six to ten individuals meets twice per month for a four month period. A concurrent group is offered at the same location for the caregivers or spouses of these individuals. Interested participants must be interviewed prior to the first group session to determine whether or not this type of group is right for them. For more information or to refer a potential participant, please call (239) 437-3007 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center has representatives available to speak to civic organizations, religious groups, clubs or other interested organizations. Topics range from a brief overview of Alzheimer's disease and the services available at the Resource Center to how to reach out to Alzheimer's caregivers and how to communicate with persons with Alzheimer's. If your organization would like to schedule a guest speaker from the Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center, call (239) 437-3007 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Educational Resources for professionals and the general public
The Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center offers Alzheimer's educational seminars for caregivers, families, and professionals. Various topics are offered throughout the year. For information about programs offered and upcoming live sessions, click here
The Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center offers the State of Florida required Alzheimer's training for assisted living, nursing homes, adult day care, hospice, and home health. For information about availability and cost, contact the center at (239) 437-3007 or email the center's health educator at Angel@alzheimersswfl.org
The Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center also has a certified trainer with long-term care experience to teach the 4 hour AD Training requirement for nursing homes in the state of Florida. Call (239) 437-3007 to schedule your staff training!
Lending library of books, videotapes, and other written material
The Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center has an extensive lending library with over 500 books and videotapes on topics related to caregiving, coping with the impact Alzheimer's disease has on the family, Alzheimer's disease and related memory impairment, activities for persons with Alzheimer's, communicating with persons with Alzheimer's, creating a safe environment, and other pertinent issues. The Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center also has various brochures and pamphlets regarding similar topics and community resources available to assist persons with Alzheimer's and caregivers.
The library is located inside the Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center Office 12468 Brantley Commons Court, Ft. Myers, FL 33908. For directions or to schedule an appointment to meet with a staff member, call (239) 437-3007.
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Individualized assistance to help families cope with the disease
The Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center staff is available to meet with caregivers or families to provide assistance with commonly asked questions, planning, and accessing community resources. The Center's social workers are available to provide more extensive assistance with individual situations. Consultations can be scheduled to be conducted at the office or at your home (within Lee County) if you are unable to travel to the Center. To schedule an appointment, call (239) 437-3007 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safety Program/Wanderer's Identification Bracelets
The Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center offers a Safety Program with an emergency plan kit for the caregiver and an identification bracelet to help find people with Alzheimer's. This program was designed to help save lives and give caregivers peace of mind. The emergency plan kit is intended to help eliminate the possibility of a crisis situation if the caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder requires emergency care. The emergency workers who come to rescue the caregiver may not know a memory impaired adult resides in the home, and therefore, may leave the person with Alzheimer's alone when they take the caregiver to the hospital. This Safety Program packet includes all the tools necessary to put the pieces, which will alert emergency workers to look for a memory impaired adult and call a designated respite caregiver to care for the person in the primary caregiver's absence, into place in the home. The packet also includes an application for an identification bracelet which aids in identifying a memory impaired adult and helps reunite him/her with the caregiver if they are lost or separated from the caregiver. To obtain a Safety Program Packet, call the Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center at (239) 437-3007 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
The Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center's newsletter, The Hope Connection, is published four times per year. To obtain a copy of the most recent issue or to add your name to our mailing list call (239) 437-3007 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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