Grand Junction senior care experts encourage dementia education for World Alzheimer’s Day

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GRAND VALLEY, Colo. (KREX) – Understanding dementia and Alzheimer’s disease allows loved ones to live with dignity and their personhood intact. Right at Home’s branch in Grand Junction serves seniors and adults with disabilities in four Colorado counties.

Its staff expresses how education on Alzheimer’s is a factor in building a caring environment that’s empathetic and insightful.

“If you don’t know what it is or how it works, you can’t handle or provide care to a loved one who has the disease,” Right at Home Care Coordinator Ashley Williams elaborates, “If you can color, if you can play with blocks, then you can definitely provide care to someone with dementia and Alzheimer’s.”

Who someone is becomes a crucial part of how they should be cared for as they begin to experience symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

“The transition is never easy but it can be made easier with family’s love and support right at home,” Cora Dickey reports.

Family members often feel the need to help their loved ones in ways they haven’t had to before. What experts say they can do is focus on being a positive part of the process.

“You’re able to include all of her family, within their care, within their condition in not only knowing what might be expected from them but also how each might participate in a meaningful way,” Right at Home’s David McKendry expresses.

Purple represents Alzheimer’s awareness. With that awareness comes different outlooks on those living with the disease.

“My grandma has Alzheimer’s,” Local Resident Brittany King shares, “That built more awareness for me and my family to be mindful of her and more mindful of her surroundings.”

When interacting with people living with Alzheimer’s, Right at Home officials say it is not about anticipating their behavior or actions. It is about being realistic with what that person is going through and able to accomplish.

Acknowledging Alzheimer’s disease continues with walks to end it happening in the Grand Valley:

MOD Walk: Montrose-Olathe-Delta (September 25): Registration at 8 a.m. | Ceremony at 9 a.m. | Walk at 9:30 a.m.

Location:
Riverbottom Park | Montrose, CO | Route Length: 2 miles

Contact:
Tonja Kueper-Rinaldo | 970-260-0699 | tkueper@alz.org

Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Grand Junction (October 16): Registration at 9 a.m. | Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. | Walk at 9:45a.m.

Location:
Lincoln Park and Colorado Mesa University | Grand Junction, CO |

Route Length: 2 miles

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