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Commercials are a highly anticipated part of the Super Bowl for many viewers. Companies go all out to compete for attention during one of the most watched—and most expensive—television events of the year. It is a powerful medium in which important messages can be communicated to the public at large, and this year’s called attention to the memory challenges faced by our aging population.
If it seems like you know more women who have Alzheimer’s than men, you aren’t alone. Research shows that almost two-thirds of seniors who have the disease are female. While both men and women can develop Alzheimer’s disease, women seem to be at higher risk. But are they really?
Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s, or another form of memory loss, can be emotionally and physically exhausting. The days often seem long and stressful no matter how dedicated you are to your family member. Finding things to feel grateful for might be a challenge.
Caring for a family member who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia can be a rewarding role. You have an opportunity to provide hands-on care and support for someone you love. Taking them to physician appointments allows you to share changes and concerns, and seek solutions for managing symptoms. Cooking meals for them helps you ensure they are eating a well-balanced diet. Spending this time together is a way for the two of you to stay connected.
The holidays are typically a season when friends and loved ones join together to celebrate. Pausing to reflect on the reason behind the season and to count your blessings makes the time together especially meaningful. When a senior in the family has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it’s essential to find ways to include them without increasing their anxiety and stress.
If you watched a parent or other family elder struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, you’ve likely wondered if you’re at higher risk for developing it. That’s an understandable concern.
When an older adult in your life has Alzheimer’s disease, finding ways to help them live a richer, more meaningful life is likely one of your goals. For many, working around a loved one’s limitations might feel difficult or even impossible. Fortunately, a wide range of research illuminates how nonmedical therapies can help.
Caring for a senior loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease requires figuring out how to overcome unique challenges. One is making mealtime go smoothly. For example, an adult with Alzheimer’s might have trouble manipulating silverware or staying focused on tasks associated with eating.
Identifying challenges and developing strategies to work around them are key to helping an older adult with Alzheimer’s maintain healthy nutrition.