As modern aging has come to be defined by living longer with chronic care needs, and providing long-term care has shifted to the public sector, with two thirds of long term care services paid for by Medicaid, loving spouses may be forced to divorce. The future of elder care may depend on it.
However, the reality is that when we use the fuel of this love that we've gained through out connection with another and use it to fuel our own inner desires, we then help ourselves, our relationship, and all those around us. We help all that is around us when we say yes to the calling that is within us.
One of the best things that any Alzheimer's caregiver can do is to educate themselves. It is important to be educated both on Alzheimer's disease and on the ins and outs of being a caregiver. Any successful caregiver should be up-to-date with the latest caregiving strategies and know the ins and outs of Alzheimer's disease and what changes it brings.
I had finally found a way to relate to him -- one that was truly satisfying for both of us. I was delighted to see his happiness. When I realized I could bring pleasure to my "new Ed" it was more than enough to make up for the loss of my "old Ed" and our previous relationship.
When your spouse no longer knows who you are, should you still be held to wedding vows of 'til death do us part?' Or does death sometimes come in stages, draining away the person you married drop by precious drop?
A lot of appropriate attention is focused on hunger and food insecurity as well as obesity. However, malnutrition, also known as undernutrition, is a bigger threat because of the deeper health consequences it creates.
What does waking up to the life we are created to live have to do with falling in love with the elderly? On first thought, not so much. On second, e...
Robots that lessen the burden of care, therefore, won't only help us provide for tomorrow's older adults--they also stand to make the world a more equal place.
There is a general distaste and fear surrounding death. It's hard for many to understand why anyone would seek out experiencing that on a regular basis.
I told myself either do something about it or shut up. The time was right so I made the decision to move from Atlanta where I had lived all my life and all my friends and family were and move to the beach where I knew on one.
What does it feel like to live with Alzheimer's every single day? I've thought long and hard about this question. I wondered if I could put into words what I really feel. Then, Mom made a simple comment the other day and it all became clear to me.
When a loved one doesn't recognize you, it's as though you no longer exist in their world. It can cause searing pain. But ultimately, this is a situation that only hurts you. It typically doesn't bother them. And that's what matters.
Home care work is the fastest growing profession in this country. Home care workers bathe your mother and change your grandfather's bandages. They cook for your uncle and help your brother get around the house.
Yesterday morning I arrived to visit Angela, one of the three ladies with Alzheimer's I volunteer to visit each week. I found her sitting at her beaut...
My father-in-law passed away this week. A man who came into my life in late 1973, he and my mother-in-law were my second set of parents, even after th...
There are unique misperceptions and challenges involved with the search for senior living options for a couple.