Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Hidden Casualties of Alzheimer's - Dating Dementia

The Hidden Casualties of Alzheimer's - Dating Dementia:
The Hidden Casualties of Alzheimer’s by Nancy Wurtzel on October 28, 2015
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Caregivers Benefit From Time Away 
Many caregivers try to do everything for their loved one, without taking a break. In the long run, if you insist on shouldering the entire load, you are setting yourself up for disaster.

Look into joining a support group. These groups can connect you with people who are facing similar circumstances. It is surprising how much you can benefit from connecting with others who are traveling a similar path.

Alzheimer's, dementia, memory loss, aging, caregiving  Establishing a system of support will help caregivers through the ups and downs of a lengthy caregiving journey. Ask siblings or other family members to help with caregiving and divide up tasks to lighten the burden. If finances allow, look into hiring a paid companion or caregiver. Respite care options are not becoming more common in communities throughout the U.S.

Plan for the future since Alzheimer’s and similar degenerative brain disease are progressive.

None of us can go through life without help. When you need an electrician, for example, you hire one. When you can’t move a piece of heavy furniture by yourself, you ask a neighbor or a friend for help. When you need help figuring out medical and legal options, you turn to a professional for assistance.

When you need a break from your caregiving responsibilities, there is no shame in turning to others.