By: Emily Glaser

 
One of the first signs that my grandfather suffered from Dementia was his getting lost. He would call my dad for directions on the way to our house that he had been to hundreds of times. He would ask for a “refresher” on how to get to his favorite dog-walking spot, The Cincinnati Nature Center. He would call wondering how to get to the grocery store that was five minutes away from his condo.

As you can imagine, this led to a few stressful conversations between my dad, his sister and my grandparents. Sixty percent of people with Dementia wander off. In this TED Talk, teen inventor Kenneth Shinozuka explains his solution for patients and their caregivers, inspired by his night-wandering grandfather.

Check it out!

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and June 21st marks the Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day, a sunrise to sunset fundraising event to symbolize the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Find out how you can participate this month!

 

Community First services can help

Among Community First’s diverse range of services, are Colonial At Home and Bridges Rehab at Home, a partnership with the Kettering Health Network. Colonial at Home caregivers can provide a much-needed break for family members. In addition to monitoring your loved one’s physical health, caregivers play a vital role in their social wellness.

For more information, visit colonialathome.org or call 513-889-2461.


In addition, Bridges Rehab at Home, a new partnership between Community First Solutions and the Kettering Health Network, provides physical, speech and occupational therapy—in addition to specialized programs–at home for clients. One specialized program they provide is a Memory Care Program, designed to help both caregivers and clients struggling with dementia with cognitive exercises, dementia education for caregivers, and more.

Call 513-332-0081 for more information or to schedule an assessment. Visit Bridges Rehab at Home