Caregivers

         Caregiver’s Corner:

 

Support Groups

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis, Inc. provides monthly caregiver support groups at the centers. Call 901-372-4585 for specific dates and times. Care for family members is provided free of charge during the meeting. You family member need NOT be enrolled in daily services to be cared for while you attend the support group.

Support Group Schedule

Kennedy Park:
Spousal Support: second Tuesday of each month, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

General Support Group:  third Tuesday of each month, 4:30-5:30 pm

General Support Group:  fourth Wednesday of each month, 11:30 am -12:30pm

Dorothy’s Place:
Spousal Support: first Wednesday of each month, 9:30 – 10:30 am

General Support Group:  third Thursday of each month, 4:30-5:30 pm

Coping with Caring: second Thursday of each month, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Education Topics such as Nutrition, Safety, Coping with Relatives, Veterans, Physical Therapy and Transferring,
Caring for Caregiver, Hospice/end of life, Legal/Financial, Communication, Dementia Updates, Holidays


Why Join A Support Group?

Because it can help you:

  • Realize you are not alone
  • Prevent isolation
  • Network and share ideas, learn news about the latest advances in treatment of the disease, and find doctors who specialize in the field, etc.
  • Gain a better perspective and have realistic expectations
  • Set goals
  • Reinforce efforts for positive action
  • Improve communication skills
  • Cope with and grieve losses
  • Counter depression
  • Make new friends
  • Accept the need for help and support, both physical or emotional
  • LAUGH!!

Monthly Newsletter

An educational caregiver monthly newsletter called “CareLines” provides important information about care giving topics such as sleep, incontinence, travel, etc. Additional information about happenings during the month at the centers, openings and closings, support group dates, upcoming field trips, etc. are included.

CareLines Newsletters


Caregiver Education & Information

Brief caregiver support and education are available on a daily basis. Individual and family conferences can be scheduled. Information is available about the following items (just to name a few):

  • “Safe Return” Program of the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Obtaining a handicap placard for your car
  • Internet sites of interest to caregivers
  • Caregiver resource materials
  • Termination of driving privileges in Tennessee
  • “911″ hazard calls
  • “Wandering” tips
  • Respite care sources
  • Residential Placement Counseling

An Educational Opportunities brochure will give you a quick look at the type of presentations and educational workshops we typically offer.  ADS can also tailor a presentation or workshop to your needs.

A calendar of events, holidays, and support groups for the year is available at each center and here.

A caregivers’ representative is a member of the board of directors to bring concerns and ideas to the governing board. A periodic survey is conducted to evaluate current services and to get ideas from families for services Alzheimer’s Day Services, Inc. might be able to offer to fit family’s needs, and busy work schedules.


FREE Caregiver Conference November 9

ADS Memphis is proud to present the 2017 Caregiver Conference presented by the Aging Commission of the Mid-South. On November 9 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center at 800 South Parkway, 8:30 – 4:00. Come for a full day of education and support for caregivers. For more information on sposnoships, on-site care and registration please contact Adina Samberg, conference Coordinator, at (901) 372-4585 or email her at asamberg@adsmemphis.org.


Dementia Experience

Understanding what a person living with dementia goes through is often difficult.  The Dementia Experience offers caregivers and family members a glimpse at the daily difficulties dementia can bring by simulating what it might be like to have dementia for five minutes.
Next one at Dorothy’s Place will be May 16, 2018. Call 901-372-4585 to register.


Caregiver Respite Outreach Program CROP

ADS has partnered with faith based organizations to take an activity program into the neighborhoods where caregivers are taking care of a loved one. if you are interested in learning more about the CROP program, contact J. J. Doughtie, Assistant Executive Director, at jdoughtie@adsmemphis.org or at 901-372-4585.