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With the projected increase in Alzheimer’s disease, more and more families will face the challenge understanding this disease and of helping the younger generation understand also what is happening to Grandmother or Grandfather who has dementia.
What do you do when grandmother lives in a retirement home and has Alzheimer’s? Regular visits from friends and family, children and grandchildren are vital to maintaining human connections, according to the National Institute on Aging. And the grandkids get to participate in the activities of the senior community and show off newly learned skills. But how do you explain what is happening to grandmother to the grandkids?
That is the premise behind a Parent to Parent article in Tuesday’s Charlotte Observer (October 23, 2012) by Betsy Flagler. When Homewatch CareGivers of Charlotte came across this article, we thought it was an important resource for our families and friends. As a leader in home care services to persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia, Homewatch CareGivers is always looking for tips and resources to share with our home care partners and families.
Betsy is a mother and preschool teacher. In her article she offers several books that can help “tap into the feelings that young children may have about grandparents with More >
It’s one sentence that changes lives forever. It will touch every member of the family and it means that going forward, nothing will be the same: “You have Alzheimer’s disease.”
When you, a loved one, or just a friend or neighbor hears those words, the people around them look for ways they can try to help. Below we at Homewatch CareGivers have assembled a variety of resources, tips and information that will help the entire family as you all move forward together. The Facts When people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the people around them may not understand exactly what that means. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 50 to 80 percent of cases. There is no cure and it gets worse as it progresses. It is usually diagnosed in people 65 years old and older. However, there is a form of Alzheimer’s, called early onset, that can happen when people are younger. As the disease develops, many people experience the same symptoms. Early signs can be mistaken with as just “people getting older.” They include having difficulty remembering some recent events. As it advances, people living with Alzheimer’s disease may show similar signs: • Confusion • Irritability • More >
On Sept. 15, Homewatch CareGivers joined with hundreds of others while we participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Symphony Park at South Park Mall. We were proud to stand with the Alzheimer’s Association for the 2012 Walk as they dedicate themselves to finding a cure for the people we help every day.
We want to thank all of the people who joined our team this year and all the people who provided the financial support to help us meet our fundraising goal. Your consideration and time means so much to us and it’s something we plan to share with all of the families we work with that live with Alzheimer’s disease.
During our walk we took time to honor the many clients who we have served over the past 13 years who had Alzheimer’s. Each of them represents one of many families who deserve all the tributes we can make. The Walk was a very moving experience for all of us and it was gratifying and inspiring to be joined by so many in such an important cause.