Memory Care & Alzheimer's Disease
Memory issues and Alzheimer’s disease can be the most difficult aspect of aging for older adults and their families. By staying updated on information, and keeping yourself well educated, you will be better prepared to properly deal with some of the most important decisions that will have to be made about an elder family member. By staying up to date you will also be better prepared to monitor the problem and know WHEN to make these important decisions. By educating yourself you will also be better prepared to deal with difficult emotions during a time when you need to be as much in control of them as possible. If you become ungrounded you will be more exposed to making incorrect decisions.
There is no room for denial in relation to Memory Care and Alzheimer’s disease. Elders and family members need to keep open and honest channels of communication to ensure the best care is provided for the effected elder.
It is very important to make yourself up to date on what help is available through your communities or health care professionals. There are lots of opportunities out there to get help, but you need to learn what they are and take advantage of them.
A family care giver of a memory affected elder often loses sight of their own wellbeing. This can degrade the ability of the care giver to actually help. It is often overlooked, but there is help and support for the caregiver as well. It is very important to keep this in mind as you pursue information and assistance.
This part of aging can be awful for everyone, but the better prepared and educated you are on the subject, the better chance you have of making this part of life as painless for everyone as possible.