Dementia - Articles And Resources

The Whole World Is Full of His Glory  This personal reflection discusses the discomfort of the sounds and smells of  a Special Care Unit in a nursing home. Kozberg, a nursing home chaplain reflects on this discomfort as holy, emphasizing that the Staff and the Rod is ever present even in the valley of the shadow.

Letting Go  This article addresses both the spiritual trust found in an Alzheimer's patient, and how it relates to Jewish heritage and faith.
Written by Rabbi Kozberg, Director of Religious Life, Wexner Heritage Village, Columbus, Ohio and a convener at the 2008 Aging in America  NCOA-ASA conference in Washington, D.C.

Still A Child of God  It's heartbreaking to watch age or dementia claim a loved one's mind, body, and spirit. But it's a mistake to think that disease destroys a Christian's desire or ability to worship. Older adults can still encounter God through well-designed worship services.

A Jewish Response To Dementia: Honoring Broken Tablets  It is a widely held belief that people suffering from dementia no longer have spiritual needs. After all, if they can no longer think, reason, or reflect, how could spirituality be important to them? 

Dementia Resources

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s Clues 
A look at what is known—and what isn’t known—about Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics 
Some information to consider if you suspect that an older loved one may have Alzheimer’s disease.

Brochure of Alzheimer's Basics
Another guide of basics about Alzheimer's Disease. (This is a large document and may be slow to download.)

Common Alzheimer’s Complications 
Many persons with Alzheimer’s disease seem to have excess energy, which can show up as restlessness, wandering, and/or disturbed sleep. These symptoms pose special problems for caregivers.

Dealing With Aggressive Behavior 
While violent behavior isn’t a common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, you need to know what to do if your loved one becomes hostile.

Listening and Communicating 
Alzheimer’s disease can make it difficult for you to communicate with your loved one, but there are steps you can take to improve the situation.

Your Role In Alzheimer’s Care 
As the caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you will have to perform many different tasks and roles as the illness progresses.

The Alzheimer’s Association  (This link will take you to a different website.)
A source for additional Alzheimer’s information, support, and assistance.

 Stroke Induced Brain Injury

The National Aphasia Association  (This link will take you to a different website.)
The National Aphasia Association - a nonprofit organization that promotes public education, research, rehabilitation and support services to assist people with aphasia and their families.

Physical And Mental Effects Of Stroke 
While each stroke is different—depending on the part of the brain injured, the severity of the injury, and the patient’s general health—there are some common after-effects.

Preparing To Care For A Stroke Survivor  

Before your loved one is discharged from the hospital, make sure you understand his or her safety, physical, and emotional needs so you will be available to provide the necessary care.

Care for Caregivers

Caring for a person with dementia can be particularly stressful.

Learn about Caring for the Caregiver

Long Term Care

Ministering to those in, or considering, long term care facilities is challenging.

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Caregivers Handbook

This handy guide provides resources, checklists and worksheets
 - all in one place.