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How to Talk to Children About Dementia

Talking to Children about Dementia

When a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, life changes not just for the person, but for the whole family as well. While adults have the capability to learn more about the disease and cope with its realities, young children may need help to comprehend the changes that may occur for their loved one and even for themselves. If you have children or grandchildren affected by the challenges of memory loss, you can become a great source of education and support.

Planning Meals for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s: Tips for Success

Planning Meals for Those With Alzheimer's Disease

When a loved one is living with the challenges of memory loss, daily activities that we often take for granted can become difficult to manage. As Alzheimer’s disease (and other forms of dementia) progresses, a person eventually loses the abilities to cook or prepare a meal, choose healthy foods to eat, use utensils and, in some late-stage cases, chew or swallow without difficulty. As a person’s skills and cognitive abilities gradually worsen, it often falls on their caregiver to make sure they eat properly and get enough nutrients in their diet.

A Caregiver’s Guide to Effective Communication: Talking to Your Loved One with Dementia

Planning for Future Care Needs Part 2: Estate Plans

Estate Planning for Seniors

As you near your retirement years, it’s a good idea to start considering your estate planning options. For many of us, the legacy we leave to our spouse, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren matters enormously, so it’s important that your estate plans ensure your surviving loved ones receive the most out of their inheritance. One of the best ways to do that is to avoid the time and costs involved in probate court.

Family Dynamics and Alzheimer’s: Tips on Adjusting to a New Normal

Memory Care Tips for Having a Healthy, Successful Visit with a Loved One

Memory Care Insights: How to Have a Healthy and Successful Visit

“Memory care experts often say that taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia is very much a family affair,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola.

“However, family members and friends are sometimes hesitant to visit and interact with a loved one with memory loss largely because they don’t know what to expect. We often hear comments such as, ‘Will he even know me?’; ‘I don’t know what to say?’; and ‘How will he react?’

Expert Tips on How Alzheimer's Effects the Entire Family

The “Invisible Second Patients:” How Alzheimer’s Effects the Entire Family

Alzheimer's Effects on the Family

Experts on the social dynamics of memory care advise that families can be profoundly affected by the ripple effect of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

In fact, the impact on families can be so extensive that primary caregivers have been called “the second victims of Alzheimer’s,” and families have been referred to as “the invisible patients.”

Clearly, progressive memory loss can impact normal family life in a variety of challenging ways.

Tips for Celebrating Life with Alzheimer’s

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