Sometimes it is fairly easy to figure out what is going on. Sometimes it may seem impossible. But there is always a reason -- a reason other than, "It's the dementia."
You never know when you or someone you love might need daily help, such as assistance getting groceries, help with transportation or round the clock care, all of which require planning and coordination.
Alzheimer's is a deadly serious disease and deservedly so. Yet I ask this: Does being 'serious' mean that it is horrible and depressing? Yes, it can be horrible and depressing. But is it always that way? I think not.
Getting to know a person with memory loss enables us to discover their unmet need in order to know how to respond and is one of the keys to providing excellent memory care.
We didn't know these people, and it was hard to identify the really good ones when all we had to go by was some text, a CV and a bathroom selfie.
When my mother was just six years old, her mother died unexpectedly. Much of my mother's image of her own mother has been shaped by a few old photos, anecdotes from a cousin or two, and the dim but cherished memory of being loved.
While caregivers may be extremely successful in other areas of their life, very little prepares them for the responsibility of caring for their loved one. Few caregivers have done this before. It is an emotional marathon.
Taking care of an elder loved one over a period of time can be incredibly taxing, both physically and mentally. Fortunately, there are a number of tips and services you can turn to that can help lighten the load. Here are several to consider.
For the millions of people from all over the globe that are dealing with Alzheimer's disease, the family and friends that act as their caregivers are ...
I want to be treated with respect, which means people should not talk about me negatively in my presence. If I am 'still there' I may understand every word even if I don't talk anymore. I will also want people to knock before entering my room and preserve my dignity.
A friend told me once that a parent is only as happy as their least happy child. When one of your kids is battling a chronic, debilitating disease, the limitations on that happiness becomes abundantly clear.
What happens when your loved one is ready for hospice care but you aren't? I'd like to share my personal experience with this situation.
Valentine's Day is a time to acknowledge the loved ones in our lives. These relationships include not only a partner or spouse, but also the love between a parent and child. This relationship can be a wonderful experience.
Because of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Caregiver Rule, Brett's employer kept his job open so Brett had the time to care for his brother. Now Brett's back at his job in Chicago, and Kyle is doing great. Like the brothers' situation illustrates, these support systems can have a significant impact on the day-to-day hardships caregivers face.
The thing to remember is that people with Alzheimer's live only in the present. If you understand that you won't be disappointed when they shunt the present aside. The main thing is to bring them pleasure in the moment and that's what a wrapped gift usually does.
Not long after that, hospice cars and family cars lined the street outside the doctor's home. I heard from a neighbor that the doctor died in his sleep. The news that he died peacefully didn't surprise me. With his ability to be kind and joyful despite pain, I figured he had already arrived wherever it was he was wanting to go.