While many family caregivers might consider writing about their experiences to be a chore, there is something especially therapeutic about putting things down on paper and punching words out on a keyboard.
I was excited for our trip, but as our departure date got closer, I became increasingly worried about spending the time away. Based on the success of our experience, I came up with five tips for dementia caregivers who are planning a holiday.
For now, Mum can still enjoy the comics section of the newspaper, but her granddaughter found a new way to appeal to her sense of humor. Surprisingly, a mix of classic art and snarky internet trends brought these two generations together through laughter.
Mum hasn’t been herself lately, and it’s been weighing heavily on my mind. Perhaps something is wrong with her medication regimen, or it could be what I dread most: her Alzheimer’s disease is progressing.
We may eventually have to consider transitioning our loved ones to independent or assisted living, nursing care, or even memory care. Of course, many of us have visited these places, but do we truly know what living there is like?
Although Mum didn’t remember the details of our picture-perfect day together, she was very happy. With dementia, the memories may not stick anymore, but the feelings and emotions attached to them still linger.
Younger generations are surprisingly insightful when it comes to handling their elders’ dementia-related behaviors. See what techniques this teenager uses while visiting his grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s disease.
There is always a great deal of work for family and friends to see to after a loved one passes away. Telling another family member the news is always difficult, but dementia can make the task even more challenging.
Music has the incredible ability to transport us back in time, reduce stress, help us escape the present and make us more mindful of our emotions. For individuals living with dementia, though, music has an even more powerful effect.