BALTIMORE - Oct. 7, 2013 // PRNewswire // - On September 26, caregivers across the country had the opportunity to view a free national webcast, Caring for the Caregiver, featuring well-known television host and advocate of family caregivers, Leeza Gibbons, and nationally renowned occupational therapist and dementia care expert Teepa Snow. The event was sponsored by Senior Helpers®, a national network of in-home senior care franchises that connects trained caregivers with seniors, many of whom are living with some form of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. The webcast is now available to be viewed in its entirety online, including an audience question and answer session with Leeza Gibbons following the main event.
Leeza Gibbons took action after the death of both her mother and grandmother from Alzheimer's disease. Gibbons created the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, a 501 (c)(3), and its signature programs, Leeza's Place and Leeza's Care Connection, which offer free services for family caregivers.
"The hardest thing is the reality of getting used to the 'new normal,'" Gibbons explained during the webcast. "The person you love has changed and you have to change. Wherever you are when you get the news, there's never a good time. You want to put the covers over your head, frozen in fear and denial."
The webcast also introduced viewers to the Senior Gems® approach, a revolutionary program created by Teepa Snow and enhanced and promoted by Senior Helpers®, that helps caregivers and families care for their elderly loved ones with these devastating diseases. The Senior Gems® program is the first of its kind in the in-home care industry, focusing on what people living with dementia can do instead of what they cannot do. Using a classification system based on the Allen Cognitive Disability Theory, the program defines which stage of dementia the person is experiencing in order to devise the best care plan for that individual.
"Understand that the loved one isn't dying—the brain is dying," said Teepa Snow. "Go slowly. Don't force or shove your agenda on your loved one. Offer your hand to form a partnership. Learn to connect visually, verbally, and physically, in that order."
The previously recorded webcast is now available to view online at www.caregiving.seniorhelpers.com. To learn more about Senior Helpers® or to find a local franchise near you, please visit www.SeniorHelpers.com.
Senior Helpers® connects professional caregivers with seniors who wish to live at home as opposed to a nursing or assisted living facility. The company has 262 franchises in 39 states and one in Canada offering a wide range of personal and companion care services to assist seniors living independently with a strong focus on quality of life for the client and peace of mind for their families. Senior Helpers® strives to be the leading companion and personal care provider that offers dependable, consistent, and affordable home care.
For more information, please visit www.seniorhelpers.com.
SOURCE Senior Helpers