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The holidays are a stressful time for many, but those who are providing care to a loved one may feel increased pressure. In my most recent Huffington Post blog, I discuss how you can manage the holidays while still providing the kind of care your loved one needs by getting support for yourself.
“Where did I put my keys?” That is a sentence that has been uttered by nearly all of us at one time or another. As we age, forgetfulness is a natural and frequent occurrence. For some, however, simple forgetfulness masks something more, causing families and friends to worry their loved one may have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
Rita Altman, Vice President of Memory Care Services discusses the relationship between Parkinson's disease and dementia, and what loved ones can expect as the disease progresses.
As any loved one of a person with memory loss knows, it can be difficult to see your once strong relationship with your spouse or significant other change as they become more and more affected by memory impairment. One area that can considerably affect a relationship, but is not regularly discussed, is the changes to a person’s intimacy needs due to Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of memory loss.
Memory loss can bring about a number of side effects that are hard on the close relationships we once had with our loved ones. It is not unusual for those who are beginning to experience noticeable memory loss to experience suspicion over everyday things. For many, it is a natural response to their loss of memory, which brings about disorientation and a sense of losing control over their everyday world. Rita explains how to handle this situation in a way that will provide peace of mind for your loved one, not further agitation and confusion.
Recognizing memory loss in one’s own self can take time. Someone with early stages of memory loss is likely to be very sensitive about accepting this new phase in life. Rita Altman, Vice President, Memory Care and Programming for Sunrise, offers some guidance on how to approach concerns that a loved one might be suffering from memory loss.
Most of us have hobbies and activities that we love and enjoy participating in. Whether it is cooking, gardening, taking in a play or a round of golf, our hobbies are what make us who we are. When an individual is living with memory loss, it can be easy to put aside those favorite things, and for caregivers or family members to feel frustration when a loved one cannot participate in these events at the level they previously could. In my most recent Huffington Post blog, I provide tips on engaging your loved one with memory loss in some of their beloved activities.
Informing a family member of the death of a loved one is difficult no matter the circumstances. When faced with the emotional and repetitive task of reminding those with memory loss about a death that occurred years ago, our tendency is to make the situation go away altogether in a well-meaning attempt to steer clear of any emotionally taxing conversations. Rita Altman, Vice President, Memory Care and Programming for Sunrise, has provided one of our blog readers with tips on handling this predicament: