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.
Dementia care authorities at the Alzheimer’s Association and the Mayo Clinic have long recognized the therapeutic benefits of music for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Recently, the scientific knowledge on the effects of music on the symptoms of dementia was advanced further in a report published in the July 2018 edition of JAMDA, the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
Caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia brings with it many challenges – both physical and emotional. For many adult children, one of the most heartbreaking of these is when a parent no longer recognizes them.
According to dementia care experts, as a parent’s dementia advances, his or her ability to recognize the faces of their loved ones declines. This often results in diminishing family relationships – an unfortunate and unnecessary situation that can be harmful to both the parent with dementia and their adult children.
Your life as a caregiver is important, too! Unfortunately, in the daily routine of their highly challenging roles, at-home caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia often lose sight of that fundamental fact.
“We all look forward to the holiday season, a time for friends, family, special gatherings, good food and good cheer,” says Steve Carney,Wellness Coordinator/Administrator at ImpressionsMemory Careat Bryn Mawr located in Bryn Mawr, PA.
The busy holiday season can be a hectic time for anyone. However, for families with a loved one with memory loss resulting from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, the holidays can bring an extra measure of stress and anxiety.
Memory loss experts say the best way to cope with the approaching holiday season is to anticipate the challenges and plan for them well in advance. By preparing early, you will be in the best position to keep things calm and manageable while still being able to enjoy the most important holiday festivities with your loved one with memory loss.
When planning for the holidays with a loved one who has dementia, family members might not know how to proceed. Concerns about how disruptions in routine could cause more harm than good, the logistics of making the holiday celebration as safe as possible and what the family should talk about with their loved one is a lot to handle. Taking careful safety measures, keeping the needs of the person with memory loss in mind and communicating with other family members will make the holidays a more enjoyable time for you and your family.
Change can be difficult for any of us at any age! Psychologists say that changes to our daily routine, such as a change in our normal living environment, take us out of our comfort zone and force us to respond and adjust to a whole new set of situations and stimuli. A sudden move due to business reasons is one example. This can be very disruptive to our preferred lifestyle and can also be a source of additional stress.