Series about memory care housing starts July 11 at Roseville Library

Among the biggest issues facing people with memory loss and their families is if — or when, or where — to move when their current housing no longer fits their needs.

Often, those decisions are made at a time of crisis, after the death of a caregiver spouse or a medical emergency. And moves made in haste sometimes are not the best moves.

To help people start thinking now about those housing issues, a series of three programs will be held as part of the monthly Dementia: Caring & Coping programs at Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N. All are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, July 11, from 1 to 3 p.m., the first program, called “Understanding Senior Housing Options,” will examine various types of senior housing that offer memory care in the Roseville area. Speaker Catherine Engstrom, a social worker and caregiver consultant at the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, will talk about the differences in services and amenities, what issues to think about and what questions to ask before planning a move.

Then on Thursday, July 25, from 12:15 to 2 p.m., interested people can meet in the Roseville Library lobby to board a bus to tour one of three facilities in the area: a continuum of care setting at Lyngblomsten, with a range of housing including nursing home care; a homier residential setting at Arthur’s Senior Care; and assisted living at Cherrywood Pointe of Roseville at Lexington.

After the buses return to the library at 2 p.m., there will be an extra hour available for people to talk and ask questions about what they’ve seen. To attend, participants must register in advance by sending an email to caregiving@wilder.org or calling 651-280-2273, specifying which facility they wish to visit.

The third event on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Library, will focus on the rights of people in memory care and other long-term care settings. The speaker will be Genevieve Gaboriault, deputy ombudsman in the state Office of Ombudsman for Long Term Care. The presentation, which focuses on how to advocate for yourself or a loved one in long-term care, is called “Know Your Rights!” — which are changing.

Under a new law passed this year by the state Legislature, Minnesota will join all other states by requiring licensing of its 1,200 or so assisted living facilities, a regulatory process that will take two years. In Minnesota, more than 55,000 people live in assisted living homes, compared to about 30,000 in nursing homes.

By next January, the law allows families to set up hidden cameras in a relative’s care facility room for 14 days if they suspect abuse. After that, families must notify the facility but may keep the cameras in place.

The Dementia Caring & Coping series typically is held on the second Thursday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Roseville Library.

Other Dementia Caring & Coping programs this year will include:

• Sept. 12 — “Improving the Treatment and Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Brain Disorders”

The speaker will be William Frey II, Ph. D., an internationally known Alzheimer’s expert who is founder and research director of the HealthPartners Neuroscience Center in St. Paul. He will describe the latest efforts to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s, including intranasal insulin that improves memory, attention and functioning; using exercise and diet to reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s; and treatments being developed for stroke, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and other brain disorders.

• Oct. 10 — “Lewy Body Dementia” 

This session will explore symptoms and services for people who develop Lewy body dementia, the second-most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. Lewy body dementia often is associated with Parkinson’s disease.

• Nov 14 — Strategies for Living with Ambiguity. 

Speaker Ted Bowman, a grief and family educator, will lead a discussion about practical ways to live well with ambiguity and ambiguous losses. Dementia care will be emphasized, but the lessons apply to other aspects of life.

• Dec. 12 — “After a Diagnosis: I’m More Than a Symptom” 

This program will offer resources to help people and their support circle to live meaningful, purposeful lives after a diagnosis of dementia. Rescheduled from April 11, which was canceled due to stormy weather.

 

The Caring & Coping series is sponsored by the Ramsey County Library system, City of Roseville, the Wilder Foundation and the Roseville Alzheimer’s & Dementia Community Action Team (Roseville A/D), a volunteer group of residents, city officials and professionals in aging services that since 2013 has developed and presented educational programs about dementia. Go to www.cityofroseville.com/dementiainfo for more information and area resources.

 

—Warren Wolfe is a Roseville resident who retired from the Star Tribune, where he wrote about aging and health policy issues. He is active in Roseville A/D.

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