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Volunteer Corner: Take the Next Step in Volunteering

Thank You for a Great Year of Service

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - Winston Churchill.

Volunteers are vital to helping advance the mission of LBDA and raising awareness about LBD. More than 200 people joined LBDA in 2013 to shine a light on LBD in their own backyards. Now that you have have introduced your community to Lewy body dementia, don't stop there! Take the next step and tell LBD families they are not alone.

LBDA can help you start a support group, connect with LBD caregivers on a one-to-one basis, host educational events in your community and more. We have a short online orientation to help you learn more about volunteering with LBDA. Visit our volunteer page to watch our 15-minute volunteer orientation.

Thank you for giving of your time and yourselves. I look forward to continuing to do great work in 2014.

Yours in Service,
LaToysa Scaife-Rooks, MPH
Volunteer and Family Services Coordinator

Ahhh, a Brand New Day

LBD Family Service volunteers provide help to caregivers in different ways each day. LBDA volunteers who are former family caregivers understand the challenges each new day presents. Some days are unpredictable and at other times it feels like you are doing the same thing every day. While monotony of routine is great for the care recipient, both stress and monotony can take a toll on those who are caring for them. Need tips for daily rejuvenation to pass on to LBD caregivers? Caregiving.com has 10 great tips for family caregivers.

Managing Stress During the Holidays

While the holidays are a joyful time for many, they can be stressful for caregivers and those with dementia. Depression is common among the older population, and the holidays can increase or compound feelings of sadness. The person with dementia may feel a sense of loss during the holidays. They may miss a loved one who they lost a long time ago, may not recognize the family around them, or may feel that someone is missing. Caregivers may also feel a sense of loss since their loved one is not the same as they were all of the holidays prior. Tending to such emotions may be particularly challenging during the holidays when so much is going on. Encourage caregivers to talk to their doctor before the holidays if they or their loved one struggles with depression. Read more from Dementia Care Central.