Moderate Stage Alzheimer's Program
In the early stages of memory loss, your loved one may still be able to function independently. They may still work, drive, and take part in a variety of social activities. As the disease progresses into moderate stage, you may notice your loved one behaving in unexpected ways, confusing words, or getting angry or frustrated. Some symptoms you may notice include:
- Being unable to recall their telephone number, address, or schools they attended
- Forgetting their personal history or events
- Confusion surrounding what day it is or where they are
- Feeling of withdrawal or moodiness, particularly in mentally or socially challenging situations.
- Needing assistance choosing appropriate clothing for the occasion or season
- Alterations in sleeping patterns, like being restless at night and sleeping during the day
- Trouble controlling bowels and bladder
- An increased likelihood of wandering and getting lost
- Repetitive behavior, such as tissue shredding or hand wringing.
When your loved one enters into moderate stage, your role may transition from care partner into a more formal type of caregiver. The Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is here to help through that transition. We provide in-home respite care, transportation, our Happy Days Club program and much more.
Happy Days Club
The LIAD Center’s Happy Days Club encourages diagnosed individuals to freely express themselves in a supportive and safe environment. Participants are engaged with a variety of activities, such as:
- Word Games
- Discussion of present and past events
- Discussion of topics of interest
- Practical activities
Types of Activities in Happy Days Club
Happy Days Club is offered Monday - Saturday and provides cognitive stimulating activities designed to target mental and social abilities. This cognitive stimulation can be administered in a one-on-one setting or in a group. We use a variety of methods to help your loved one express themselves in our safe and supportive environment, such as:
- Social – Different activities for seniors and visiting with other members
- Physical – Stationary arm and leg exercises, dancing, and walking
- Thinking – Reading, games, and puzzles
- Creative – Painting, singing, arts and crafts projects, and playing music
Transportation to Happy Days Club
The Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center proudly offers transportation services to its participants to and from the center. We’re able to provide door-to-door services for families located in select areas of Nassau County. Designed for optimum accessibility, the LIAD Center currently has two wheel-chair accessible vehicles. Our vehicles are driven by dementia-trained drivers and are accompanied by program staff when needed. Our appropriately trained transportation staff allows us to ensure the highest level of safety for your loved one during their travels.
In-Home Respite Care
With support from the Helen and Sydney Jacoff Respite Program, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center provides two hours of in-home respite care every other week for families in Nassau County. Our highly skilled and trained respite workers engage your loved one in cognitive activities with respect to their stage. Caregivers are provided time to relax, run errands, attend appointments, etc.
Your Role as a Caregiver
The LIAD Center is here to help in the now. Living with memory loss can be challenging for both the diagnosed individual and caregiver. Beyond our day programs, we also offer hands-on services for care partners.
Support Groups – You Are Not Alone
At the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, we strongly encourage caregivers to take part in and participate in our Caregiver Support Groups. Our Caregiver Support Groups are facilitated by licensed social workers who are skilled in helping to reduce caregiver depression, stress, and isolation. In addition to guidance from our team of experienced social workers, the groups are filled with other caregivers, like you. You'll hear from others who are traveling along similar journeys and have the opportunity to extend your own network of community and support. We currently offer support groups for:
- Adult Children
- Bereaving Caregivers
Call us today for information on our schedule of support groups at (516) 767-6856.
Tips For Your Role as a Caregiver
- Educate yourself on what you should expect in the moderate stages of Alzheimer's, so you can properly set your expectations.
- Try to respond to your loved one's emotion — instead of their specific question. Usually, they only need reassurance, so you'll need to listen with your heart.
- When you're responding to repeated questions, try to use a soft, calm voice.
- If your loved one is still able to read, use simple written reminders for guidance.
- Anytime you notice changes, it's best to check with their physician to rule out any medication side effects or other physical problems.
- Remember to be good to yourself and find healthy stress relief outlets and/or counseling.
How Can Families Help at Home?
In addition to the therapies we provide at the Happy Days Club, you and your family may be able to use reminiscence therapy at home. This type of cognitive stimulation can help bolster the quality of life for your loved one living with moderate stage memory loss. Different activities used in reminiscence therapy can include:
- Sharing “I remember when” stories
- Listening to music
- Looking through old photo albums
- Eating special family recipes
- Re-reading old greeting cards and saved letters