Think of your favorite song. Chances are, it reminds you of a special someone, time or place in your life. Your favorite artist might evoke joy, heartbreak, longing or contentment – all with one cherished album. Did you know that meaningful music can move your loved one in much the same way, well into the late stages of dementia?
Has your loved one’s dementia caused their get-up-and-go to, well, get up and go? “It’s quite common for people with memory loss to withdraw from activities they once enjoyed because they are depressed, worried about embarrassing themselves, or are afraid of failure,” says Michelle Straughn, Executive Director at YourLife™ of Tallahassee, a Memory Care community in Tallahassee, Florida.
It’s common for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to experience depression, anxiety and other symptoms that can cause them to avoid family and friends or withdraw from activities they once greatly enjoyed for fear of embarrassment or failure.
Simply getting older puts many of us at risk for developing new illnesses or chronic health conditions, so it’s not surprising that older adults with dementia often have one or more other chronic diseases that significantly impact their health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Diagnosing and treating coexisting conditions, however, can be difficult.
When shopping for a senior living community, today’s seniors have more exciting lifestyle and service options than any generation before them. While this is a good thing, it can also make the decision-making process that much more overwhelming.
Plus, How to Share the Love on Valentine’s Day Your partner or parent just received a dementia diagnosis. Now what? Facing the Future Together An initial dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming, but it can help to remember there is power in being aware of the diagnosis and in taking action.