Seniors with Alzheimer's disease or another form of memory loss often need a higher level of care as their disease progresses, but that doesn't mean they need to sacrifice the lifestyle they deserve for a high level of care. Why not have both?
When your aging parent begins to need more care because of health and safety issues, it can cause a number of conflicts among those who will be caring for them. Most often, the task of coordinating care and planning for the future will fall on the adult children, which can be both beneficial and stressful for them.
When your aging parent lives in an assisted living community, it’s common for friends and family to want to visit. Not only do they want to see their loved one’s new home and experience a piece of their new lifestyle, but they want to be sure they are settling in nicely and are enjoying their community. Many adult children like to visit and see their aging parent so they can make sure they are receiving the care they deserve and are embracing their lifestyle.
For most of us, the aging process is rather slow and almost imperceptible as time moves along. One day doesn’t seem all that different from the next. However, as gerontologists and other aging experts explain, with each new year comes a greater risk for sudden, unforeseen changes in our health status.
“As the number of older adults continues to grow, more and more of them are beginning to think about senior care and their lifestyle options,” says Sue Sunderland, Executive Director at The Bridges at Warwick in Jamison, PA.
“In some cases, it might be the result of a home that has become too difficult to manage. While in other situations, it may be due to some physical limitations or medical problems that require additional care and support.
“Sleep is an essential biological function that is vital to the health of everyone,” says Sue Sunderland, Executive Director at The Bridges at Warwick in Jamison, PA. “Medical professionals tell us that adequate sleep is required for our physical, emotional and cognitive health as well as maintaining our general sense of well-being.”
As part of the progressive nature of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, individuals living with memory loss often lose their short-term memory, i.e., their ability to recall recent events. However, these same people often display an amazing capacity to remember people, places and events from long ago with stunning clarity.
As the number of older Americans continues to grow and more of us live longer, the number of family caregivers in our country also increases. The daily challenges of taking care of a dependent loved one are many. Beyond the substantial commitment of time, energy and physical exertion, at-home caregivers also face significant stress and anxiety as a byproduct of their ongoing role – one that usually offers no personal downtime or respite.