Navigating Life

With Dementia

Finding a way forward in the midst of new challenges

Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia can be frightening and disorienting.  People and their families often feel alone and unsure of next steps.  In our 25+ years of experience, we’ve learned a lot about people’s needs as they live with the impact of life with dementia. As a mission driven not-for-profit organization, we are glad to share our knowledge with you. Guided by a philosophy that respects each person’s dignity and humanity, LiveWell supports people living with dementia and those who care about and for them. 

What now?  
what next?

Getting a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia produces a range of emotions and questions. Fear, anger and a sense of powerlessness are very common.

“What do we do now?” is a question we frequently hear. Working through your emotions and questions while planning a path forward is essential. Identifying your priorities and learning how to take the right steps at the right time helps you find hope, maintain independence and promote quality of life.  We are committed to helping you find direction and can provide guidance through a LiveWell Navigator.  Please call or meet with one of our Navigators to begin mapping out your next steps.

connecting with Your LiveWell Navigator 

LiveWell Navigators are available to guide you through life with dementia – whether you or someone you care for has been newly diagnosed or are experiencing the challenges associated with the disease progression.  Navigation begins with a call or meeting to learn about your situation and needs.  Then we work together to clarify your next steps and begin putting a plan in place.  Through our work we have identified five LiveWell Pillars that support people and families impacted by dementia. Through individualized meetings, education and planning sessions, you and your Navigator will build a foundational understanding of ‘Me and My Story’ while exploring the five LiveWell Pillars:  Understanding Dementia & Adaptive Strategies, Social & Meaningful Engagement, Emotional Support, Health & Wellness and Planning.

 

Gaining understanding 

Learning more about dementia can offer insights into changes that you may be experiencing. Connecting to others with shared experiences can help you to not feel alone. Developing new strategies to compensate for memory and cognitive changes can promote independence and confidence. We offer a range of educational workshops, support groups, and specialized therapy services to help you gain the understanding you need to move forward.

Grow your understanding

Resources designed to meet your needs

Education Workshops

Resilient Living With Dementia – First Steps
This 6-week education series builds your foundational knowledge and is a complement  to Navigation services.   Topics focus on emotional and peer support, dementia symptoms/strategies, communication, legal/financial planning, planning for future care needs, social and community engagement, health and wellness. 

Resilient Living With Dementia – Next Steps 
These deep dive workshops explore topics pertinent to people living with dementia and their families, for example: technology solutions, driving, mindfulness, palliative approaches, advance directives and end of life.

BUILD ADAPTIVE STRATEGIES

Develop skills for managing memory loss, changes in problem solving, safety awareness, medication management and more by working with our specialized occupational therapy team. Create a supportive and safe environment at home with simple changes and the next generation of technology solutions.

Support Groups

Community Carepartners Group
Members of this group are supporting family members living at home in the community.  Free respite is provided with reservations.

Early Stage Support Group
LiveWell partners with the Dementia Peer Coalition to offer peer to peer support groups for people in the early stages of dementia.

 

 

counseling services

Our Licensed Clinical Social Workers offer specialized counseling services to people living with dementia, family caregivers and friends.  Specialty groups include MBCT (mindfulness based cognitive therapy) and MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction).  Services are offered at LiveWell and to people at home under Medicare and private insurances.

 

At LiveWell, relationships are the heart of everything we do. We believe that all human beings crave connection and receive sustenance, joy, strength and healing from their closest relationships. Our mission is built on a foundation of the deep and genuine love that grows between our extraordinary staff and the individuals and families we serve.

“We need strategies!”

– Geri Taylor, person living with Alzheimer’s

We need a map - and a guide to help us through this dementia journey."

 – Jim, husband and care partner

Contact Us

Phone| 860-628-9000     Emailinfo@livewell.org     Address|1261 S Main St, Plantsville, CT 06479

Phone| 860-628-9000

Email | info@livewell.org

Address|1261 S Main St, Plantsville, CT 06479