According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 47 million people live with Alzheimer’s and other dementias worldwide. June is a month dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s.
Dementia, described as a number of conditions characterized by the gradual loss of intellectual function, affects more than five million Americans. Most people who suffer from dementia experience memory loss as well as difficulties with language, motor activities and recognition. And as your loved ones with dementia progress through the stages, life becomes harder and you, as family members and caregivers, are often torn when it comes to making decisions about what they really need.
Caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s can be a long and intense emotional journey. As your loved one slowly loses ability and ability, you gain new responsibilities and obligations that add to your already busy life. Here at Vista Prairie Communities, we know how difficult these times can be, so we’ve put together a list of tips for adult children with parents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
Memory loss for seniors is more than misplacing your keys or forgetting an important item at the grocery store. When seniors suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it’s not just the loss of the practical side of life, it can be the loss of who you as a person. Your memory holds your history, your stories and your experiences and as memory loss occurs, these parts of the memory become fuzzy causing anxiety and frustration.
Mary Jo Hannasch has dedicated her career to improving the lives of seniors who suffer from memory loss. With over 25 years of experience working with Midwest seniors and dementia, Mary Jo has become a recognized expert and speaker on memory loss including Alzheimer’s disease.