It’s difficult to witness a loved one progressing through memory loss, most often seen in the form of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, as it gets worse over time. Forgetfulness strikes imposing severe ailments not only in their life, but the lives of those around them.
It’s important to pay attention to our loved ones as they age, as many age-related diseases can cause significant changes to their well-being and overall state. There are signs and symptoms that can help you gauge whether your loved one is developing dementia.
Not all senior living facilities are created equal, nor should they be. The senior living options are growing and becoming more specialized to fit the upcoming baby boomer needs, but the options that currently exist are important to consider, as they vary from type-to-type with specific design and amenity options to fit the many and unique needs of the aging population.
Caregivers need support. There’s no doubt about it. Whether a loved one diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s lives at home with the caregiver, or whether the loved one lives in a memory care community and the caregiver serves as a care manager and trustee, caregivers face continual stress and often a lost sense of self. The Alzheimer’s Association has trained staff and volunteers ready to assist caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One important way they help is to host support group meetings, and I recently attended my first.
Make no mistake. The demand for quality memory care communities will continue to increase as Baby Boomers age and many develop various types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.