Today is the last day of September and the last day of World Alzheimer’s Month. While this dedicated month educates people on the signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia, it is also about supporting the loved ones who live with dementia and those that provide care.
Caring for someone with dementia can test even the strongest of relationships. The anxiety, agitation and erratic behavior often associated with dementia may be hard for a spouse or adult child to understand or manage.
If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, it is important to look for help and support from others. Asking for assistance or support does not make you less of a caregiver. In fact, it enables you to be a better caregiver. Your local Alzheimer’s Association is a great resource of information and support groups, and many communities have an Area Agency on Aging that may direct you to resources in your area.
Aging Life Care Professionals™ are also an excellent source of information and support. Aging Life Care Professionals work with families to find solutions to caregiving challenges and can help you understand your loved one’s dementia and associated behaviors.
In this story, Aging Life Care Association™ member Gretchen Napier, BS, MS, CMC shares how her involvement saved a marriage and allowed the family to spend quality time together during the last year of their father’s life.
If you are caring for a loved one with dementia or know of someone who needs help, contact an Aging Life Care Professional. You can find an expert in your area at aginglifecare.org.
This blog is for informational purposes only and does not constitute, nor is it intended to be a substitute for, professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Information on this blog does not necessarily reflect official positions of the Aging Life Care Association™ and is provided “as is” without warranty. Always consult with a qualified professional with any particular questions you may have regarding your or a family member’s needs.