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“If you are an at-home caregiver with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, you already know it is a ‘family affair’,” says Sharon Major, Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr in Bryn Mawr, PA.
“A diagnosis of progressive memory loss for a loved one has a ripple effect on the entire family. And while the daily lives of primary caregivers are clearly affected the most, other members of the family are also touched by the disease. No one can ignore the obvious changes that occur when a beloved family member is affected by Alzheimer’s.
“As a result, it is important that all family members be informed, educated and engaged in the support process as early as possible, say memory care experts. This applies to close friends and neighbors as well who may interact with the person on a regular basis”
Because primary caregivers are the most involved in their loved one’s care, it is important for them to take the initiative and become as educated as possible about the disease and to prepare for the inevitable changes and challenges that lie ahead. Caregivers can then help other family members to understand the effects of memory loss and teach them how to interact with the loved one in a way that is most pleasant and productive for everyone.
As memory care experts advise, the more every family member knows, the easier it will be for them to understand what their loved one is going through. They’ll also know how to help you and your loved one deal with the challenges ahead.
Memory care experts from organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association and the Mayo Clinic advise that it is important to be open and honest about your loved one’s situation. Experience has proven that this is in everyone’s best interests. The Alzheimer’s Association’s article, “Helping Friends and Family” offers several helpful tips:
Following these expert memory care tips can help other family members to understand the situation and to empathize with your loved one. Memory care therapists say that this will encourage positive interactions that can improve your loved one’s overall mood, sense of well-being and feelings of being a valued part of the family.
More than a homelike haven for exceptional memory care services, Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr also serves as an important educational resource for at-home caregivers. We invite you to view our monthly articles and tips on memory care topics. We offer them to make your life as a memory care caregiver easier and to improve the quality of care for your loved one.
If you have comments or questions about our memory care blog, we’d love to hear from you. We also encourage you to share any of your caregiving experiences in our comments section.
Loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments require specialized care and support. They also deserve a lifestyle rich in dignity and fulfillment. Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr provides residents with Engaging Days and Meaningful Moments that emphasize individual abilities, encourage socialization and promote the highest level of independence possible. We offer a complete continuum of leading-edge programs, services and amenities that address the total physical, emotional and social needs of residents in a caring setting that offers individual suites with large private baths and the comforts of home. Our community touches hearts and changes lives.
Memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory impairment doesn’t only affect the person who has it – it affects the entire family.
If you have a loved one with early- to mid-stage memory loss, you know how challenging it can be to provide the care that’s needed while trying to maintain balance in your life. As care needs increase, you may not be able to meet them physically or emotionally. It’s often difficult to be available to care for your loved one’s health and well-being around the clock.
If and when the time comes to seek additional help, place your trust in Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr. We lift the stresses and worries of being a caregiver from your shoulders, enabling you and your family to enjoy time with your loved one again.
Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr and Main Line Senior Care Alliance for general informational and educational purposes and do not constitute legal or medical advice. For legal or medical advice, please contact your attorney or physician.