Protect Seniors from Fraud
Caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's disease often requires a great deal of time and patience, and it can cause great stress to the caregiver.
Both illnesses lead to symptoms of serious changes in memory, personality and behavior. For some it often ends up with the afflicted needing total care, 24 hours per day. This can be emotionally and physically demanding for a family caregiver, a grown child taking care of her/his parent, or a spouse caring for his/her lifelong partner.
Understanding these conditions can help. In addition to learning more about your loved one's disease through the resources here at CaregiverStress.com, you can take advantage of free family caregiver Alzheimer's training opportunities at HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com, which include an interactive Alzheimer's e-learning course, a family caregiver video series, and in-person training classes. The unique approach to care that you'll learn through these training opportunities is based on the Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementia CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSM Training program that professional Home Instead CAREGivers receive.
Only a qualified physician can conclude with high certainty that a person has Alzheimer's disease, but the following eight symptoms are strongly associated with the disease.
Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning and intellectual reasoning due to changes in the brain caused by disease. Those with dementia tend to repeat questions, become disoriented...
First blanking on a grandchild’s name, then accusing a son or daughter of stealing personal belongings, to eventually not recognizing close family members—this is the heart-breaking long goodbye, also known as Alzheimer’s disease.
Sadly, an ill loved one is the number one trigger for family conflict, according to a study conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care® network. Coping with the reality of a loved one’s Alzheimer’s not only has its emotional difficulties, but logistical ones as well, especially in terms of decision-making and bearing the responsibility of caregiving.
“Whatever happens to me, I don’t want to end up in a nursing home!” Ever heard your parents say that before? Older adults commonly express that wish, or some variation of it, fearing the possibility of becoming completely dependent on others and being left to the care of strangers rather than remaining amongst family.
Sharing “remember when” stories like these warms the heart of every family member in the room as those special moments of shared history are remembered. When a mind-altering disease like Alzheimer’s or dementia begins affecting the memory of someone you love, shared recollections become all the more important.
Caregiving is a labor of love, and love is about selflessness and sacrifice. Spouses give up so much for each other, parents constantly put their children’s needs before their own, and when those children become grown adults with aging parents, they want to return the love and care they received.
Strangers asking a million questions, unfamiliar beeping noises, unpleasant smells, disorienting hallways and rooms that look nothing like home, feeling unwell or in pain…
Joann had dozed off for what seemed like just a few minutes when suddenly she jerked awake. Immediately she felt something was wrong. Her mother, Betty, was not asleep in the recliner like she was when Joann let her own eyes close.
Dr. Amy D'Aprix and Mary Alexander of Home Instead Senior Care® discuss caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease in this recorded webinar.
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