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.
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.
End of life planning for individuals with Alzheimer's or other dementias involves many important discussions and key steps that you should begin to consider as soon as your loved one receives the diagnosis.
In this webinar, Dr. Amy D'Aprix discusses senior cognitive issues. 35.6 million people will have dementia in 2012, rising to 65.7 million cases by 2030. Dr. Amy talks about how physical, mental, and social activities are essential coping strategies.
Dealing with loved ones who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer's Disease can be challenging. This video will offer some tips on talking with your loved ones, and some changes that may be necessary to help them (and you) lead the fullest life possible.