Compiled by Tracey Truscott LCSW and Susan Shepherd, LCSW, the Shiley-Marcos ADRC provides the following list of patient and family resources to consolidate and synthesize a great deal of information that can otherwise feel fragmented and overwhelming.
In addition, we recommend that you review the NIA's ADEAR fact sheets and brochures. These materials are concise and developed to provide a lay audience with factual, up to date information that can give an excellent overview on a wide array of topics.
If you are caregiving for a person wtih dementia, please take the time to access this Wish List for Caregivers. It was created by the devoted caregivers of our Early Stage Support Group. A cartoon representation of the message has been created and can be used to communicate your wishes to family members and friends offering to help.
We have also compiled a link for special COVID19 specific resources. Please click here to find resources specifically developed during this unprecedented time to assist seniors as well as caregivers and families living with ADRD.
Importance of Meaningful Activities
Engagement in meaningful activities is a critical component of quality of life. This is especially true for persons with dementia, as their opportunities for professional, social, and personal engagement become more limited with the cognitive and functional decline due to the disease process. Staying engaged in activities that support personhood, provide opportunities to exercise intact abilities, and engage in social experiences and reminiscence all support well-being. This can reduce anxiety and other feelings that result in behaviors that can be challenging for caregivers. Our social work team has gathered the following resources for caregivers that may be useful while spending more time
Community Resources for:
Healthy Adults with no Memory Concerns and with Memory Concerns
- The County of San Diego Aging and Independent Services (AIS) provides services to older adults, people with disabilities and their family members, to help keep clients safely in their homes, promote healthy and vital living, and publicize positive contributions made by older adults and persons with disabilities. For more information call 800-510-2020.
- The Elder Care Directory committed to helping seniors and elder care givers find the most appropriate elder care providers for their needs, find answers to their most pressing financial and legal concerns, and take advantage of the full range of government elder care programs and benefits. Offers "In Home" and "Residential" Elder Care and financial Assistance Programs".
- OASIS is a unique educational program for mature adults who want to continue to learn and be productive during the best years of their lives. Membership is free and open to anyone 50 or older. Members receive a catalog of opportunities three times a year. It offers a broad range of stimulating educational classes - from the arts and humanities to wellness, fitness and travel.