Care Partner Support Space


Welcome to AlzSWP’s Care Partner Support Space.  You can navigate through our new Take What You Need self care section, view tips and strategies to help you out while you are in the home and access our Support Groups!  

Be sure to check out our new What Your Social Worker Wants You To Know section for helpful information and resources directly from Alzheimer Society social workers.

We hope you find a space that can help you through these unexpected times.

Take What You Need


Start where you are, use what you have and do what you can. Self-care is necessary to ensure that you as a care partner maintain good health, produce positive feelings and stay motivated. Your needs are important. Keeping up with your own hobbies, interests and activities is essential. This page is dedicated to you as a care partner, ensuring that your cup is always full.

Daily Themes

Gratitude Garden – Let’s practice gratitude to ourselves, appreciate good things, and be in the moment. Journal prompts, breathing exercises, reading resources and more can be found here!

Brain Power Center – Sudoku, dance classes, recipes, trivia and more are some exercises found here to keep our brains active and sharp!

Education Station – “You learn something new every day!” Check out this page for fun facts, links to documentaries, and puzzles.

Creativity Corner – Create with the heart, build with the mind. Grab your paint brushes and let your creativity flow with lots of great activities and projects!

Adventure Avenue – Escape and the breathe the air of new activities and places. Find activities such as travel diaries, scavenger hunts and exercises here to let your mind explore.

September 12 – 18

Gratitude Garden

    READ

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    • 5 Simple Mindfulness Practices for Daily Life from mindful.org

     

    TRY

    • Letter: Write a hand-written letter to a person you are particularly grateful to have in your life. Be detailed. Express all the wonderful qualities about this person, and how they personally have affected your life for the better.

    WATCH

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    • The Power of Gratitude from Psych2Go
    • Can being grateful make you happier and healthier? What are some things you’re grateful for? Do you keep a gratitude journal? Here is a study on how being grateful can help.

     

    Inspirational Quote of the Day Presented by Pinterest

    Brain Power Centre

    TRY

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    • Can you solve the monster duel riddle? By Alex Gendler

     

    • Cranium Crunch! Give this Mini Letter Sudoku Puzzle a try. Sudoku are a great mental stimulation activity. See below for the explanation of the activity and then the puzzle for you to try.

        Adventure Avenue

        EXPLORE

        • Explore Google Earth’s Voyager, and travel to different parts of the world from your living room!
        • This week, check out Most-Loved National Parks. Explore the top 10 national parks in the United States recommended by locals who review places on Google Maps.

        MOVE

        • Enjoy the great September weather with your own nature walk!

        TRY

        • Check out the astronomy picture of the day

        Creativity Corner

        LISTEN

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        • The Best Jazz Songs of All Time – 50 Unforgettable Jazz Classics

        TRY

        • Try your hand at digital art
        • Or check out this tutorial to create ‘Neurographic Art’ with Karyn Kuniyuki

        Education Station

        WATCH

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        • The rise and fall of the Lakota Empire by Pekka Hämäläinen presented by TED-Ed
        • “Trace the rise and fall of the Lakota Empire which, at their height, were the most dominant power in the American West. — In 1776, a powerful empire was born in North America. The Lakotas had reached the Black Hills, the most sacred place and most coveted buffalo hunting grounds in the western plains. Located in what is now South Dakota, control of the Black Hills, or Paha Sapa, marked the tribe as the dominant power in the American West. Pekka Hämäläinen explores the rise and fall of the Lakota Empire.”

         

        MOVE

        • Senior Fitness – Standing Cardio Exercises For Seniors Using Dumbbells by Senior Fitness with Meredith
        • Click here

         

        LISTEN

        • Listen to Radiolab’s short podcast, ‘Lost and Found’
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        • Synopsis:
        • In this episode, we steer our way through a series of stories about getting lost, and ask how our brains, and our hearts, help us find our way back home. 
        • After hearing about a little girl who gets lost in front of her own house, Jad and Robert wonder how we find our way in the world. We meet a woman who has spent her entire life getting lost and find out how our brains make maps of the world around us. We go to a military base in New Jersey to learn about some amazing feats of navigational wizardry and are introduced to a group of people in Australia with impeccable orientation. Finally, we turn to a very different kind of lost and found: a love story about running into a terrifying, and unexpected, fork in the road

        Please Note:

        We ask that you make sure when you participate virtually in exercise programs you take care to create a place that is clutter-free and safe for you. Make sure you have proper footwear and the area is clear.

        Also, please only participate as much as your body feels comfortable – this is intended to be a program to gently move your body – so don’t push yourself beyond what feels okay. If you’d rather not participate but want to just be here and watch, that is totally fine too!

        What Your Social Worker
        Wants You To Know


        Caring for someone living with dementia often means taking on many different roles.

        The social work team wants you to know how important it is for you to take care of yourself and show yourself compassion. Below are resources for self care, self compassion and ongoing support. As the old saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

        To view previous tips, head to the archive.

        Caring for the Care partner- This guide looks at the role, health and well being of care partners:

        McCormick Dementia Services right here in London have some great videos with practical tips and strategies for care partners: 

        Care Partner
        Resources


        Support Groups


        Click the links below to get information about the support groups available in your county.

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