When one partner is diagnosed with dementia, couples often fear that their relationship – and their decades-long identity as a couple – will be completely lost to the disease. However, while it's true the spousal relationship will change, it’s also true that couples can spark quality connections and enjoy a loving relationship even as dementia progresses, memories fade, and it becomes more difficult to communicate verbally.
Husbands and wives are often the first to spot changes in their spouse’s memory, behaviors and cognitive function. And it’s often they who must initiate the difficult conversations about possible memory loss. Acknowledging your partner’s changing behaviors or memory issues can be emotional and distressing for you both, yet it's essential to address your concerns early so interventions may be given and plans made that will honor your spouse’s care, legal and financial wishes in the future.
There's no denying that dementia changes spousal relationships, but you can find ways to connect as a couple. Simple Celebrations Can Keep Love Alive Your celebrations don’t have to be grand. For occasions like Valentine’s Day, anniversaries and birthdays, a bouquet of flowers or a thoughtful gift can brighten your partner’s day and improve the mood and energy in your home.
With the new year comes the desire for change, progress and a better way of doing things than we’ve done before. When caring for a loved one with memory loss, however, this desire can be even greater. Not only are caregivers and their loved ones often burnt out from the holidays, from their everyday caregiving tasks and the festivities, but they are also often wondering how they can start this new year off fresh, with new resolve and even better care for their loved ones. It can be a tricky thing to manage, however, YourLife™ of Wildwood is there to help.
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are increasingly affecting many American seniors. This is leaving many seniors and their families looking into Memory Care communities in their area. What makes one stand out from another? Is it the programming? The level of care? What the community looks like? The answer is all of the above. When searching for a Memory Care community, looking for a purpose-built community can help to not only improve quality of life, but enhance each day for your loved one with memory loss, as well.
The new year is upon us and for many, it’s a self-proclaimed time to focus on better health for not only our bodies, but for our minds and spirits as well. If your New Year’s resolution is to live a healthier lifestyle and age both well and happily, YourLife™can help.
Dementia is a complex medical diagnosis that can affect each individual and their family differently. Because of this, being a caregiver to a loved one with dementia can be a lot to take on. Trying to figure out what is the best way to care for your loved one and aide them in this life transition can be extremely overwhelming, and almost impossible, if you don’t know what to expect.
The New Year is here, and it's the perfect time to reflect on what the past year had in store for you and your loved ones. If you've served as a caregiver for a loved one with memory loss, you may be torn with the previous year's experience. You may be feeling grateful that you've been able to help your loved one throughout their journey with memory loss, but you may also be burnt out and stressed from the ever-increasing demands of their dementia.
As a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, you have been through a lot. Perhaps you have been through some health decisions already and are beginning to realize the many decisions that you will have to make for your loved one in the coming future. “Planning ahead in terms of care for your loved one with dementia is an excellent idea,” states Suzy McCann, Community Relations Director of YourLife™ of Pensacola, a Memory Care community in Pensacola, Florida.