Residents at the Lodge Lane Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility in Wilmington, DE, recently enjoyed an afternoon of doing puzzles with young people. The puzzles used were the Springbok PuzzlesToRemember, puzzles made specifically to meet the needs of those with dementia.
Kid Caregivers is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which supports and empowers children who are acting as caregivers. Our mission is to help young people cope and to enliven the lives of adults living with Alzheimer's disease. We offer intergenerational Puzzle Time programs and training to enhance eldercare globally. We encourage young people to use their skills to benefit the dementia community.
Saturday, December 28, 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Colorado Global Ambassadors
Welcome Parker and Lilly! They did an awesome job introducing the Kid Caregivers Puzzle Time Program to the state of Colorado! They had a great time with the residents, and made such a difference in so many lives!
What a wonderful use of the Springbok PuzzlesToRemember!
If you know students who would like to volunteer, or if you know about a facility that would like PUZZLE TIME, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Bubble Tea With Grandma
Monday, November 25, 2019
My friends Lynda Everman and Kathy Siggins are responsible for the Alzheimer's stamp!
I am so excited about the good news about raising $1,000,000 for Alzheimer's research! Because of their efforts we may one day live in a world that is free of Alzheimer's disease!
As of the end of October, sales from the#AlzheimersStamp have raised ONE MILLION DOLLARS for dementia research!
You may purchase the stamps onlinehttps://store.usps.com/
& by phone 1-800 STAMP-24 through November 30; after November, local post offices may sale any stamps they have on hand until their stock is gone.
Monday, November 4, 2019
Refusal To Take A Bath Or Shower
Sometimes people with Alzheimer's disease are afraid to take a bath. They think that they will drown, or they do not like to be cold. It could be many different reasons. I know that grandma can give the staff at her nursing home a hard time when they try to bathe her. I came up with a few tips that I would like to share!
- Play soft music (classical music works well for grandma)
- Offer a rubber duck as a distraction. Grandma used to give me a rubber duck to play with in the bath when I was little, it worked for me! (I know Ernie agrees!)
- Give your loved one a washcloth with a pretty pattern.
- Make sure the room is warm.
- Have a big warm comfy bathrobe ready.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Marvel Comic Book Created For Our Executive Director Hailey Richman
It was the best feeling ever to have my work immortalized in a comic and as part of the Marvel Hero Project. I am hopeful that my work can help many people. It is my belief, as my mentor, Dr. Max Wallack said, "if you have the ability to help others, it is your responsibility to do so."
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Our Connecticut Ambassador and Mexico Ambassador Jordyn Brown
Jordyn has been coordinating Puzzle Time for the state of Connecticut gathering hundreds of kids who participate in Puzzle Time with Alzheimer's patients! Thank you so much for your service in the Alzheimer's Community! Volunteering for PUZZLE TIME brings just as much joy to the volunteers as it does for the Alzheimer's patients! We are actively recruiting Puzzle Time volunteers nationally and internationally! In addition she has also launched PUZZLE TIME in MEXICO! If you are a middle school/high school student and would like to volunteer and receive community service If anyone in CT or MEXICO and would like to participate please do not forget to contact us at email@example.com!
Friday, June 21, 2019
A 2019 Guide To Alzheimer's and Dementia
This article is a great resource.
Monday, May 13, 2019
Staying Healthy In Your Home
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Happy Mother's Day To All!
Friday, April 26, 2019
Hidden Heroes Segment
Monday, February 18, 2019
Repeated Exposure To Familiar Music Alters Functional Connectivity In Alzheimer's
Friday, February 8, 2019
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Forums and Online Support Groups
You can find our Kid Caregivers Support Group (Facebook group) by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2BjLHjg
We look forward to hearing from you and helping out!
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Colorado Global Ambassadors
Friday, February 1, 2019
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Our Flyer :-)
1.4 million kids are acting as caregivers in the United States
Monday, January 28, 2019
Dementia Has Beautiful Moments - a special video with a deaf Alzheimer's patient
I love this video. the daughter does not correct her mother. She "goes into HER world." It is the kind and right thing to do, in my opinion. It is inspiring and I would love to share with the deaf community as well.
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Clubs Help People with Alzheimer's and Other Forms of Dementia
Friday, January 25, 2019
Your Skin Never Gets Alzheimer's: It Always Remembers Caresses and Scars
Advice for Alzheimer's Caregivers
We all need things to do. People with an Alzheimer's diagnosis have a big change to their lives. Sadness and depression happens a lot when people have do have many things to do.
Here is a helpful article. The article offers lots of tips. Sometimes people living with Alzheimer's disease become depressed, due to a "lack of stimulating activities". There are fun activities such a joining a choir and museum programs. My favorite activity is Jigsaw puzzle-solving, alone (if the puzzle piece count is appropriate) or with a partner, which provides a lot of stimulation, and a purpose.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
The Intergenerational Care Project
I think it sounds like a great idea! Although, I am guessing it would have its pros and cons.
Would love to hear from my readers! What are your thoughts? Is it a good idea? Or too much work for the carers? What are the advantages/risks?
Video I have a lot of thoughts about this idea. I think it could work out well. I can only speak about my own experience. I observe that seniors with Alzheimer's really adore little kids. Many dementia patients enjoy dolls (it reminds them of their parenting days). Interacting with little ones in a day care would be nice for them. BUT, I do think that it could be difficult for the staff at the facility. I wonder if the behavior of Alzheimer's patients would be "better" as they "parent" the little kids in the facility. Perhaps Alzheimer's patients would be more cooperative regarding their own care. I am glad that Australia is trying to find solutions involving the care of Alzheimer's patients.
I do know that MY intergenerational programs are a BIG hit. We are expanding PUZZLE TIME to 17 states and 5 countries! The kids and seniors really enjoy the whole process. Pairing young people and seniors is a winning idea!
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Puzzle Time Program at UCLA
We are glad that we could provide specialized Alzheimer's jigsaw puzzles to the UCLA students, and training for our Puzzle Time Program. The UCLA students are solving jigsaw puzzles with patients in the dementia community We are so happy we have reached college students and our program will provide many Alzheimer's sufferers a sense of accomplishment!
Puzzle Time Program in Massachusetts
Oregon Puzzle Time Program
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Girl, 11, Uses Puzzles To Help The Elderly Combat Alzheimer’s
Girl, 11, Uses Puzzles To Help The Elderly Combat Alzheimer’s: A young girl from New York is using a toy to combat a complicated disease.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Puzzle Time Program in Portland, Oregon
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Monday, January 7, 2019
The Us Against Alzheimer's Summit: The Last Generation Intergenerational Caregiving and Advocacy
I begin speaking at 31:00 minutes.
Kid Caregivers Shared In Portugal :-)
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Our New Flyer
47 million people worldwide, and 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.There is no cure!
* Intergenerational Alzheimer’s programs (Puzzle Time and Creative Arts)
* Community service credit awarded for civic engagement
* Opportunities for leadership and service awards
All contributions are tax-deductible, under Sec.501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. EIN 61-1888629