As we've learned over the past several months, older adults and people with chronic conditions or disabilities face disproportionately adverse outcomes if they contract COVID-19. But even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, family caregivers faced myriad stressors and hardships.
Grandparent's Day is the ideal time to recognize and celebrate the special relationship between children and their grandparents.
For many families across America today, that unique relationship has been changed by a grandparent living with dementia. Dementia care authorities emphasize that a loved one with dementia affects every member of the family – including children.
Providing for the daily needs of a loved one living with dementia can be an extremely challenging labor of love. In fact, being a dementia caregiver can often be mentally and physically exhausting – even hazardous to your own health. Therefore, it is critical to identify all support resources available to you to create a support system that is part of your overall care plan.
As any dementia caregiver can tell you, caring for a loved one with dementia is an extremely difficult job, one that challenges both their physical and mental health – even under the best of circumstances. Now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, dementia caregivers’ lives have become even more stressful and their mental health has become that much more fragile.
March is National Nutrition Month and the ideal time for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia to learn ways to make their meals more appealing.
Dementia care authorities advise that as your loved one’s dementia progresses, their eating habits are affected and meals can become more of a challenge. As a result, it becomes increasingly important for the person with dementia to eat enough food at mealtime and to receive sufficient nutrition.
Today, as more Americans live longer, an increasing number of married couples must cope with a spouse who is living with dementia. And while Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are said to impact the entire family, the spouses in the marriage are affected the most.
Marriage and family dynamics experts advise that when a spouse is diagnosed with dementia, the lives of both spouses will change dramatically. Therefore, it is important for both partners in the marriage to recognize the challenges and know what to expect.
Now that the New Year has arrived, it’s the ideal time to think about resolutions that can pay long-term dividends for your health and well-being.
Today, one of the most important health resolutions you can make is reducing your risk of dementia. Why? Because health experts say various forms of dementia now affect more than 5 million seniors in the U.S., and the number is growing every year.
As any devoted caregiver can tell you, coping with the realities of a senior loved one with dementia is fraught with emotional challenges. As a result of your loved one’s dementia – and through no fault of their own – there are times as caregivers when our hearts break, our frustrations mount and we feel a deep sense of guilt.
All of these emotions can quickly come to the fore when your loved one looks at you and says, "I just want to go home."
According to experts at the Mayo Clinic, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is a rare form of dementia that strikes people under the age of 65. Because it is uncommon, early-onset Alzheimer’s is also more likely to go undiagnosed or be misdiagnosed.
Moving from a familiar environment to a new location can be difficult for any of us. However, moving for a person living with dementia can be particularly challenging, say memory care specialists.
Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia typically cling to their familiar surroundings and established routines. When their sense of security is disrupted, as in the case of a move, loved ones with dementia can become disoriented, anxious and agitated.