12 days ago I took over caring for my 82-year-old mother who is challenged by stiff, achy joints, severely limited vision and an unreliable memory. ...
Many Alzheimer's caregivers become so invested in the demanding job of taking care of an individual with dementia that they find themselves at risk of burning out. Caring for someone with this disease can be stressful and overwhelming and this can lead to burnout, and in many cases serious issues such as depression.
Parents of kids with disabilities face all of the same anxieties that other parents face upon starting pre-school or kindergarten. There are also other concerns, many of which are more abstract and frightening. I've been there.
Much of the attention on America's rapidly growing aging population is aptly focused on the need for professional, reliable caregivers to help the elderly age at home. What we might forget to consider, however, is the equally critical component of ensuring the homes themselves are eldercare friendly.
Anyone questioning the need to address America's mounting caregiver crisis need only look at AARP's most recently released study to understand its severity and magnitude.
Watching your spouse of nearly 50 years slowly dying of Alzheimer's is pure sadness. I am sad that Alzheimer's has taken away my best friend, my wife, my lover. I am sad each day when I see Clare as a shell of her former self.
Discussing everything from retirement security and healthy aging to long-term services and elder justice, the conference also gave due consideration to caregiving issues and the importance of establishing support systems for the nation's 50 million professional caregivers.
With our parents aging and life expectancies lengthening, a growing number of Baby Boomers are going to have to care for and support their parents.
When most of us think of Alzheimer's disease, our first thought isn't usually of the quiet caregiver alongside the patient, devoting their time to helping someone living with the disease. But caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease is often a full-time job, taking its toll on the caregiver.
As the Baby Boomers continue to swell the ranks of our senior population, elder care concerns will impact more and more families. It's a global trend in dire need of solutions. While we are beginning to see positive steps, we still have a long way to go.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, which will swiftly be followed by the 50th anniversaries of Medicare and Medicaid, and the 80th anniversary of Social Security. Yesterday, I was honored to join hundreds at the White House Conference on Aging to celebrate these key programs and look ahead to the next decade of issues impacting older Americans.
Financial turmoil and Alzheimer's disease are inextricably connected. The mishandling of finances can be one of the first signs of cognitive impairment, and can have a monumental impact on people with Alzheimer's that must be addressed early on.
At the AARP Forum on Family Caregiving in Washington, DC, on July 8, 2015, lawmakers recognized the hard work of caregiving. They spoke of bills that would provide funds to help millions across the nation in need of caregiving.
One day when I was visiting Ed, my beloved Romanian life partner of 30 years, in the memory care facility where he lived, they were having a festive sing-along. I sat down beside him to keep him company.
While I don't think that there is any way to prepare yourself for Alzheimer's Disease, I do think there are ways to get ahead of the game... just a little.
The truth is that, when you're dealing with a hospital, you have to be vigilant and firm -- right from the very beginning. As crazy as it sounds, you cannot assume that the hospital knows what it's doing or has your parent's best interests at heart.