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Fanlight Productions in Boston recently released two videos designed to help both family and professional caregivers understand and manage behavioral issues in Alzheimer’s care.
In He’s Doing This to Spite Me: Emotional Conflicts in Dementia Care, three caregivers share their experiences of conflict and frustration in interactions with their loved one who has dementia. These reflections are integrated with comments and guidance from professionals in dementia care. The program helps both family and professional caregivers reframe the patient-caregiver dynamic into one that is more comfortable and productive for both caregiver and patient. The 22-minute video costs $179 to purchase or rents for $50/day. Order #DD-311.
Dress Him While He Walks: Behavior Management in Caring for Residents with Alzheimer’s Disease addresses several difficult behavior patterns common to Alzheimer’s patients. It demonstrates practical ways of dealing with behaviors such as wandering, angry outbursts, and delusions. The behavior of individuals with Alzheimer’s rarely conforms to the usual social standards. This 20-minute video from the staff of the Alzheimer’s Association of Miami, OH, helps caregivers adapt their expectations to each person’s specific behavior patterns. In addition, because behavior change is no longer possible in individuals who can’t understand or remember, caregivers learn to intervene only when truly necessary.
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Although often difficult to watch, the video shows concerned caregivers dealing with difficult situations in a practical manner and with a sense of humor. It is suitable both as a training tool for nursing home staff and a discussion tool for family caregivers. The video costs $139 or rents for $50 per day. Order #DD-310.
To request either of the videos described above, contact Fanlight Productions, 4196 Washington St., Suite 2, Boston, MA 02131. Telephone: (800) 937-4113. Web site: www.fanlight.com.