A Virtual Dementia Tour

Written by Gerry Fioriglio on . Posted in Family Caregivers Blog

Have you ever wondered what it is like to have Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  Have you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of a person with the disease.  A special program called The Virtual Dementia Tour developed by Second Wind Dreams does just that.  It offers families a better understanding to these questions.  Watch the ABC special of one son’s journey through the process.  

The Virtual Dementia Tour touches the heart of family members caring for a loved one with Dementia by giving them a glimpse of what it is like to walk in their shoes.  A family members senses are altered and then given a list of tasks to carry out.  It quickly becomes very difficult for the individual to do much of anything.  The Virtual Dementia Tour can cause anxiety just like the person with Dementia experiences.  Learn what your loved one is going through. Learn how difficult it is to get through a day.  Llearn what it means to have patience and to never take another day for granted.   Experience a Virtual Dementia Tour.   At Family Caregivers Network we have two staff members trained to facilitate the Virtual Dementia Tour. To schedule a Virtual Dementia Tour at your local facility, church, school, or organization contact us at Family Caregivers Network at 215-541-9030.  


Fall Awareness Day

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Women on Weights Demo

Women on Weights Demonstrations


The first day of fall brought Fall Awareness to Seniors in the Upper Perkiomen Valley.  A day of demonstrations on of Exercises, Yoga, and Tai Chi was provided by the Center of The Open Link members who take classes there each week.  Local companies offered information on their services that can benefit Seniors as they grow older and wish to Age in Place.  Senator Bob Mensch provided both Family Caregivers Network and The Center with citations in recognition of National Fall Awareness Day.   Many thanks to the following:

Greenfield Senior Living of Schwenksville, Grandview Hospital Outpatient Services, Good Shepherd RehabUpper Perkiomen YMCA, Veterans Homecare, Pennsburg Manor, Delaware Valley Hearing, Senator Mensch’s Office, and a very special thanks to Family Caregivers Network of Pennsburg, and The Center of The Open Link for hosting the event.  For more information about Fall Prevention or taking any of the exercise classes contact Family Caregivers Network at 215-541-9030 or The Center of The Open Link at 215-679-6550.




February is American Heart Month

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     Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. 1 in 4 deaths are related to heart disease.  To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Family Caregivers Network and The Open Link are proudly participating in American Heart Month.  


Statistics show that locally in Montgomery County, 2% of deaths in 2010 were related to heart disease.  Heart disease was the leading cause of death for men in Montgomery County and the second leading cause of death in women.  The symptoms of a heart attack for women can be much different than they are for men.  Women often feel hot, exhausted, become pale, then develop pain but not necessarily in their chest.  Women often just attribute the symptoms to working too hard.  But it is important to not ignore any symptoms when you don’t feel good.  Both men and women need to learn about heart disease and how to prevent a serious heart attack.  

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is important for people who already have heart disease to reduce your risks for a heart attack.   To lower your risk:

  1.          Watch your weight.
  2.       Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  3.       Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  4.          If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  5.          Get active and eat healthy.

Join us on February 25th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at The Center at The Open Link at 517 Jefferson Street in East Greenville for a Heart Disease Seminar.  Learn your risks and how you can start today to prevent or reduce your risks for heart disease.  For more information on this program and others, contact Family Caregivers Network at 215-541-9030