Alzheimer's Association offers in-home and group exercise program PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 May 2013 09:28
The Alzheimer's Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter has joined with the Ohio Department of Aging and the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging to put together a program to help individuals with memory problems as well as their family members who are caring for them. This new program is called RDAD (Reducing Disability in Alzheimer's Disease).
The RDAD program is designed to help teach older adults who may suffer from memory problems how to do some simple exercises to improve their overall health. The program also teaches family members about symptoms to watch for and how to care for persons with memory problems. This program hopes to improve the ability of the person with memory problems to carry out activities of daily living while also helping family members provide assistance to their relative.
Three key components participants will encounter during this study:
• Having a specially trained professional come to your home for 15 sessions. Each session will last about one hour.
• Trained professionals will teach exercises to the person with memory problems to help improve strength and balance, and trained professionals will also teach family members how to¬†assist their relative with these exercises. Family members will also be asked to keep a record of their relatives' exercise progress.
• To evaluate the RDAD program, family members will be asked to complete three brief surveys about the sessions that will be mailed back to the Rose Institute.
Trained professionals will come to your home and there is no cost for you to participate in this program. All information will be kept completely confidential. The information you give will never be identified individually and data will only be presented in summary form. Participation in this program is completely voluntary. Deciding to stop participating will in no way affect any services that a person receives from the participating organizations.
For more information, call 419-537-1999 or 1-800-272-3900.

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