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My mom is starting to show signs of dementia. What programs or services are available to help her?

 

Question:  I am an educator who is seeing some light at the end of the tunnel of my career. However, as I near my retirement, my mom is starting to show signs of dementia. I am not sure how far this has progressed and will have her assessed once her doctor returns from vacation. I would like to learn about any programs that accommodate or have daytime services for such a person. My mom has been very active, with weekly dance sessions, choral groups and bible study. I am very anxious to learn of any day facilities accommodating persons at the beginning stages of such a debilitating illness.

Dr. Amy:  An adult day care program may be a great option for your mom. Generally speaking, they offer structured activities that provide mental and social stimulation. They also provide meals and assistance with activities of daily living. You can get more information about centers near you by calling your local Area Agency on Aging. At the same time, home care may also be an excellent option. Home care provides stimulating companionship, help with light housework and errands, and the convenience of not having to leave home.

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