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Tips for Living Independently and Safely with Alzheimer's & Dementia

Oct 13, 2020

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There's a common misconception that when somebody is diagnosed with dementia, they lose their independence and can no longer live alone. While down the road in the illness course of dementia, this may be true, there is A LOT that a person with dementia CAN DO to remain living independently and safely in their home.


This episode is a must listen if you or someone you know is newly diagnosed with dementia and looking for what to do next.


In today's episode, I share


5 key strategies for helping adults living with dementia remain independent and living safely in their home for as long as possible


Here's a peak inside the episode:

  • [07:20] Strategy #1: Simplify your daily tasks, establish a routine, and create strategies for managing  your money, medications, driving, etc.
  • [14:41] Strategy #2: Make sure you and your home are safe. I share many strategies and resources for keeping your home safe for you to live in and resources for helping you if you begin to get lost or wander away from your home.
  • [17:43] Strategy #3: Plan for your future. Early on in the dementia process is when you want to make sure to put all of your legal and financial affairs in order. I guide you on how to do this, here.
  • [19:41] Strategy #4: Having a social and family support system around you makes all the difference in remaining in your home for as long as possible. Learn what community supports are essential. 
  • [23:23] Strategy #5: Even if you have a diagnosis of dementia, there are things you can do to slow down the disease course. The key is managing your medical and mental health. Listen and learn.


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Where to find mental health providers who specialize in older adults:

  • Geriatric Mental Health Foundation- The doctors listed on their website are members of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP).
  • Major Medical Centers and Universities- If your older loved one lives near a major medical center or medical university, go online (or google them) to see if they offer mental health care for older adults. Here are some common terms to help you in your search: geriatric mental health, behavioral health for older adults, geriatric psychiatry program, etc.
  • Psychology Today- In this resource portal, you can search for Psychologists and Psychiatrists who specialize in older adults, simply select your age category (Elders 65+)


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I'm Dr. Regina Koepp

I'm a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist and Gerontologist specializing with older adults and families! As founder and CEO of Gero Champions, LLC and the Psychology of Aging Podcast, my mission is to help mental health and senior care providers meet the mental health and sexual health needs of older adults using up to date, evidence-based, and culturally thoughtful care.


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