According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, every 65 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s disease and one in three seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia dies. Unfortunately, this makes it the 6th leading cause of death within the United States.
Caring for a loved one with memory loss is time-consuming, emotional and rewarding. In fact, many caregivers sacrifice their income, their jobs, time spent with family and friends and self-care to ensure their loved one is safe, happy and well. Caregiving is not an easy job. There are endless tasks to do, challenging behaviors to face and new experiences and changes each day. Often, caregivers get little to no support.
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.
Even for the most resourceful family caregivers, tending to the needs of a loved one with a chronic condition or memory loss is a lot to bear. The emotional, physical and financial burdens involved with caregiving make it easy for caregivers to experience burnout, stress and anxiety over their roles. Without knowing how to take care of yourself and acknowledge when you need support, caregiving can quickly have negative impacts on your life. “According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly 83 percent of senior care in the US.
In sickness and in health… When we get married, these are words we all hear. We vow to be there for the one we love for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness or in health. While ‘in sickness or in health’ may not hit too close to home at a young age, as couples get older this becomes a very possible reality, especially with the rise of health problems such as memory loss.
If you are serving as a caregiver to a loved one with memory loss, you may be wondering if your loved one needs more care than you feel you are able to provide. But when is it the right time to make the move to Memory Care? How will I know? While there’s no set answer for when the best time is, there is a general set of guidelines that can help you decide. This, however, all depends on you and your loved one.
These days, caregivers wear many hats. They may have small children, pets, a career and care for a loved one with dementia all at the same time. Not only is this difficult and stressful, but it can also leave them feeling burnt out and overtired. This is a common problem within the sandwich generation, and unfortunately, when they are juggling so much, it often means that time for them is what gets given up.
One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small … go ask Alice if she remembers which one is which. Managing multiple medication may take a song or two to remind you which medication you take for which aliment. Polypharmacy is a common problem facing many older adults but managing those medications does not have to be a song and dance.
You’re not a magician, but some days, you sure do feel like one.
Juggling, tightrope walking, lion taming ... however you visualize your balancing act, successfully managing multiple roles, responsibilities, and relationships all at once is a tricky business. Throw caregiving duties into the mix without adjusting your rhythm, passing tasks to a teammate, or removing distractions can lead to a lot of dropped balls, missed steps, and confused cats.