Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common forms of memory loss, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer's Association®. But what if your loved one was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, but it wasn’t actually Alzheimer’s disease, but a form of memory loss that mimics it? While this may seem a little out of the ordinary, scientists are finding that this has occurred.
When a loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it’s important to know what to expect and how to provide the level of care your loved one needs. If you and your family members are caring for your loved one together, or you are hiring someone to assist you, it’s crucial to come up with a care management plan to ensure your loved one’s needs and wishes are met as they desire. “When more than one person is caring for a loved one with memory loss, it can leave some room for miscommunication.
When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you want only the best for them. What’s more, they simply want to live life as normal and as independently as possible. As a caregiver or a family member, you want to make sure they are receiving the dedicated care and personal attention they deserve while enjoying an uplifting lifestyle despite their disease. Because YourLife™ of Wildwood was created with the sole purpose of providing exceptional care and an uplifting lifestyle for seniors with dementia, we make that possible each day.
When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it is likely to come as a shock. Your loved one may have a hard time accepting the diagnosis, coping with what life could look like in a few years, worry about what people will think or even deny it altogether. Unfortunately, this can be particularly difficult for a caregiver. Caregivers are often the main source of support for their loved ones with dementia, and you may find that they withdraw or shut themselves off for a little while they come to terms with their dementia.
If you or a loved one are living with dementia, or have recently been diagnosed, you may be unsure of what your treatment options are. Unfortunately, there’s not yet a way to cure dementia, but we can manage some symptoms. Often, we try to manage the symptoms of dementia holistically, however, sometimes that’s simply not possible. This is when medications can become helpful. According to Winsome McLeod, Executive Director at YourLife™ of Stuart, a Memory Care community in Stuart, Florida, those with dementia face a wide range of symptoms.
Those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia face a wide range of emotions. After all, caring for someone with memory loss can be scary, frustrating, agitating and overwhelming. Helping your loved one manage their many emotions while trying to manage your own can be downright stressful. Learning how to manage your emotions early on can help to alleviate some pressure and create better days for both you and your loved one, but when you aren’t sure where to start, it can seem daunting.
When a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of memory loss, communication can become difficult. The changes that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss cause in the brain can create the potential for trouble speaking, issues portraying thoughts and lack of understanding. When this occurs, it can be hard to know what to do or how to approach communication with your loved one; however, understanding how communication may change, how your loved one will be affected and how to improve communication can help both yourself and your loved one with memory loss greatly.
Summertime is here and that means warm summer days, fun in the sun, and slow, breezy summer nights. If your loved one has dementia or another form of Alzheimer’s disease, it can be harder to enjoy the summer season. While this can be for any number of reasons, most often it’s harder to enjoy because of safety issues.
If your loved one is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it’s likely that you’ve come across times your loved one didn’t want your help or didn’t want to do something they truly needed to do. As memory loss progresses, this can get worse, so it’s important to try to find other ways to cope and deal with their resistance and refusal.
When a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, you may notice that the smallest of changes in their routine can drastically affect their day. While this can be disheartening, it is possible to help them adjust when their environments change with a little knowledge. According to Winsome McLeod, Executive Director at YourLife™ of Stuart, a Memory Care community in Stuart, Florida, when it comes to changing environments, those with Alzheimer’s are more likely to exhibit signs of aggression or agitation. “When going somewhere new, take a note on how your loved one reacts.