Posts Tagged Alzheimer’s
When do you know if your loved one needs a caregiver?
Below are some items you may want to monitor, as you visit your loved one.
-Mail is piling up, bills are not being paid, calls from collection agencies
-The yard or house is no longer being maintained
-Changes in personal hygiene or change in typical behavior (like smoking in the bed, when the person used to only smoke outside).
-Changes in typical habits of eating/diet and exhibiting weight loss (or noticing clothing is now loose)
-Forgetting to take medication
-Unexplained dents or scratches on car (from bumping into objects when driving) Read the rest of this entry »
This week, I had the opportunity to attend a work shop on dementia by one of America’s leading experts on the topic; Teepa Snow. It was both informative, and funny as she kept our attention the entire six hours. Below, is a clip from her site. She has a great deal of information you can use to improve your care for those with dementia.
When thinking about the care an individual needs who has Alzheimer’s, we often forget about the other creatures we should check on too- their pets. This is never something I considered- until I read this article.
There will come a point in time, when an individual with Alzheimer’s may be unable to care for a pet. A case example of this, is listed below. Certainly, caregivers need to do everything possible to ensure that a pet, or pets at home are cared for as long as possible. Pets can provide tremendous companionship, entertainment, and stimulation to their owners. However, when an individual with Alzheimer’s, (or other illnesses) can no longer care for the pet and the pet’s well-being is truly at stake, something must be done.
It may be possible to find another loving home for the pet. Below, is a story of a worst-case scenario of a pet being neglected due to the owner’s illness, but rescued and given proper care.
Everyone enjoys independence and one of the greatest marks of independence, is being able to drive. It gives an individual great freedom; freedom to work, shop, and socialize with others. But if you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, this topic can be a tricky one- full of legitimate concern.
The question is: “Does mom or dad still have the cognitive ability to drive safely (keeping him or her safe, as well as others)?”
Here are two links that will help you answer that question. The first link is terrific and it lists important facts you should consider- such as having a diagnosis of dementia, taking medications that may affect reasoning, and other issues that may make driving more difficult like vision and hearing loss.
Are you a caregiver for an elderly parent? Perhaps you are a senior yourself, caring for an aged sibling… This article from AARP was written by a man who moved his aging mother from Florida to an apartment near his home in Pennsylvania. The author of this article is the older of two brothers and there is a disagreement between the two siblings as to how much care their mother needs and who should provide the care. Dealing with these issues over their mother’s care has caused the resurfacing of some childhood dynamics.
A few terrific points have been made:
- Remember the stakes are high- when siblings work together the aging parent will receive better care
- Beware of reversion- try to see your sibling as an adult and don’t revert back to relationship patterns of early family life (work together as a equally respectable team, recognizing each others’ strengths)
- Shelf the sexism- sons are capable of providing good care to an aging parent (don’t expect your sister to always be the caregiver)
- Equality is unrealistic and possible inefficient- it may be one adult child is doing a large part of the care giving or decision making for an aging parent, but there are very real and helpful ways for other adult siblings to help out throughout the year (even if they live in another state)
- Be kind to one another- its okay to vent caregiving frustrations to a sibling, but always be respectful in doing so, and thankful for what others have contributed as well
- Advice is easy to give, but hard to implement- it is easy to say we “should do this”, but sometimes very difficult to implement… know that caregiving can be very stressful and being able to talk about it openly, respectfully (especially when there is a challenge) is a journey