As you grow older, you may find yourself assume the role as the family caregiver. Initially, this role may involve small tasks like giving rides to and from appointments but has the potential to evolve into more as your loved one’s needs change. At the end of the day, most families just want to ensure that their older loved one is happy and healthy and safe. However, as that loved one’s circumstances change, caregivers may ask themselves: is this the best option?
Forgetting things occasionally is a part of life. It's why people may have reminders on their smartphones or sticky notes on their refrigerators. As people get older they might experience more frequent instances of memory loss, but this is often a normal part of aging. So how can aging adults tell if they're experiencing the symptoms of dementia? And how do they know when it's time to tell a doctor?
Millions of people across the US and Canada are living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. There can be many challenges associated with the condition beyond its immediate and long-term health effects. For those living with dementia and those who love and care for them, there are still stigmas and outdated misperceptions associated with the condition and about those who live with it.
Families who entrust the care of a loved one to a Sunrise Senior Living memory care community know firsthand how committed we are to each resident’s success. Our Reminiscence® neighborhoods utilize a person-centered approach that supports residents’ abilities and allows them to feel empowered and independent. It’s a standard of care that allows Sunrise to exceed industry standards in memory care and programming.
When a senior loved one has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, the impact on the entire family is significant. The disease is often referred to as “the long goodbye” because it slowly robs a person of their memory and independence, while families watch helplessly.
Forgetfulness and confusion are not always signs of cognitive decline. They can also be side effects of an active retirement lifestyle. In the hustle and bustle of a busy life, we can all forget things. But when these behaviors persist, they can be early warning signs of Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. There are also health conditions that can cause these symptoms. A vitamin B deficiency, an undiagnosed infection, or an adverse reaction to medication can all cause health issues that mimic the signs of Alzheimer’s.
Exercise is important at every age. It offers benefits for physical and mental well-being. For older adults, staying active also helps build core strength and protect balance, both of which can lower the risk of falls.
Alzheimer’s, and other forms of dementia, impact the entire family. When a senior loved one is diagnosed with a condition that causes memory impairment, it can take patience and understanding to keep them safe and engaged. Alzheimer’s and other related diseases often cause changes ranging from difficulty with abstract thought to agitation and anxiety. One challenge many families experience is that the person living with the disease doesn’t realize anything is wrong with them.