Topics of Interest

Recorded on February 24, 2022

Rest and Reset:
The Power of Respite and How to Access Funds.
View this Zoom event here.

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5 Tips for Reducing Conflict in Dementia Care
Are you caring for a person living with dementia and have experienced situations where the person responded aggressively to you trying to help? Understandably, this can leave you feeling surprised, frustrated, or upset. You were trying to help, and yet your efforts were met with resistance. But why does this happen in the first place? And more importantly – what can you do?

Respite for Caregivers – NC Publicly Funded Options
“Respite is a break for unpaid caregivers who provide ongoing care for an individual of any age who needs help, care, or supervision due to disability, chronic condition, or other special needs. Respite is intended to provide relief to the caregiver.” Learn about publicly funded options in North Carolina.

HELPSHEET: Non-Drug Treatments for Dementia
Tips from The Alzheimer’s Society

Wiser Now Caregiving Information on dementia care and support, featuring Kathy Laurenhue, chair of Dementia Action Alliance’s Arts Work Group made up of artists living with dementia and those who work in the field of dementia and the arts.

TEDx Talk on Memory Cafés by Beth Soltzberg
This video features images captured at various memory cafés and prompts viewers to consider how memories define our lives—and the role memory cafés can play in supporting people with dementia and their care partners. 

Music has power—for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This resource is compiled by Angelo Sonesso

Dementia Warning Signs for Caregivers
How to spot early indicators that your loved one may have Alzheimer’s or dementia.

AA NIH Grant
Alzheimer’s Association awarded a National Institutes of Health Grant for psycho-social dementia care research.

Home Care Pros and Cons
This is an excellent article about making the decision for In-Home Care.

Habilitation Therapy for Alzheimer’s
The best standard care for Alzheimer’s

SGS Research Summary
This summarizes a survey that asked about the most important issues faced by older adults in the South. GEM’s Angelo and Gail Sonnesso presented at the 2019 Southern Gerontological Society(SGS) 40th anniversary conference in Sandestin, Florida. They are currently working toward partnering to conduct a research project to prove that Adult Day Care is an evidence based program for people living with Dementia.

Beating Apathy in Dementia
Apathy is the most common neuropsychiatric symptom of dementia

About GEM – Local Media

Their Labor Of Love – Outer Banks Sentinel

“GEM Offers A Little Harmony” – Outer Banks Coastal Life