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.
For most of us, the holidays are a time for family and friends, good spirits and good food. However, for those living with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, the holiday season also brings special concerns and challenges.
How will mom react to the bright lights and decorations? Can we still have company or will dad become agitated and stressed? Will visitors be uncomfortable if mom no longer recognizes them? Will we have to change our holiday traditions?
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."
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.
At-home caregivers for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia endure a variety of physical and emotional challenges every day. Balancing the multiple responsibilities of home, family and work with caregiving duties can be a huge burden on any human being, leaving little or no time for personal pleasure.
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month – the ideal time to recommit ourselves to combating Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, while providing the best possible care and support to loved ones living with the disease.
Alzheimer’s continues to be one of the leading causes of death and declining quality of life for senior adults in America and around the world. And with increased awareness and publicity about the disease, including stories of famous people’s struggles with Alzheimer’s, it has become a very public affair and part of our daily social conscience.
While no one likes to consider the possibility of life with dementia, dementia care experts agree that early detection by a primary care physician or specialist is highly important. There are several reasons for this, including:
Although scientists are still searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, there has been tangible progress in reversing early cognitive decline that can lead to dementia. An important aspect of this progress is recent research on the benefits of meditation and music therapy. The findings are good news for all older adults who might be concerned about faltering memory and the risk of continuing cognitive decline.
With Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia already affecting more than 5 million senior adults in the U.S., the need for interventions that promote brain health has never been greater.
The good news, according to the Alzheimer’s Association®, is that there is growing evidence that shows that older Americans can maintain brain function and memory by adopting healthy lifestyle habits. And one of the easiest and most effective of these lifestyle habits is exercise.