Dementia AND Alzheimer's Disease
Confusion/ Isolation/ Anxiety/ Depression/
Grief and loss/ Frustration/ Loneliness/
Caring for others/ Caring for self
You show up at your parents' house looking forward to visiting and sharing a family dinner. Unfortunately, your mom doesn't seem to know who you are and accuses you of not visiting in a long time. She asks you the same question over and over and you get tired of answering her. Doesn't she listen to you? Your mom insists on clearing the table after dinner, but she drops and breaks a glass on the way into the kitchen. When you try and help her she yells at you that she can take care of herself, "I'm hopeless not helpless!" You are now counting down the minutes until you get to leave. At the same time, you feel guilty for not understanding your mother's age-related changes and hurt that she no longer treats you like her favorite child.
Dementia and Alzheimer's disease are increasing exponentially in our country. If you are not yet affected by this illness, it is likely that you soon will be. You may be faced with difficult decisions about moving your loved ones into a residential care facility or providing care for them at home. You are now a part of the "sandwich generation." You are expected to care for both your adult children and your aging parents and it is taking a huge toll on you, your family and your marriage. It is imperative that you seek support to maintain your own sanity. More importantly, support is necessary to help you enjoy these last years you may have with your beloved parents.
Managing illness & memory loss
Grief and loss
Life balance and self care
Some areas of interest for older adults and caregivers include:
As we continue to shelter in place and physical distance from friends and family, we are knowing anxiety is increasing in all of our clients. Below are some tips to help your loved ones suffering from dementia and their caregivers. *Use signs in bathrooms to remind people to wash hands, *Keep hand sanitizer nearby, *Remain calm to create a sense of security around loved ones, *Try not to over explain the situation - stick within your loved one’s level of understanding, *Be diligent in observing and reporting changing behaviors, *Remind loved ones that this is temporary, *Most importantly, remember to care for yourself. You cannot provide sufficient love and support for others when you are struggling with your own mental and physical health.
Individuals face a variety of challenges as they transition through various stages of lives. Aging brings with it a unique combination of challenges. Older individuals are often seeking someone to listen to and understand them as the surrounding world becomes unrecognizable to them. Individuals caring for others also share similar challenges. Among the most important practice to maintain life balance for all, is remembering to love and care for yourself.