A look at the inequalities faced by minorities when it comes to dementia.
By the year 2060, the number of Alzheimer’s disease cases in the U.S. is predicted to increase to about 14 million with the largest increase being seen in Hispanic and African Americans. Alzheimer’s cases in Hispanic people are predicted to increase to seven times what they are today and African American cases are predicted to increase to four times today’s numbers. “Among people ages 65 and older, African Americans have the highest prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (13.8%), followed by Hispanics (12.2%), non-Hispanic whites (10.3%)…
FDA Approves First New Drug in Decades for Alzheimer’s Treatment
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common brain disorders in adults over the age of 60 for which currently there is no cure.
Simply put, Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that slowly damages learning, thinking, and memory- resulting in cognitive decline to the point of being unable to properly interpret reality or carry out daily tasks.
Scientists have developed a better understanding of the disease over the years, but they still do not fully understand exactly what causes it, which complicates the development of an effective treatment.
When you first become a caregiver, having many new responsibilities can be daunting. You might have to adjust from working full-time to becoming a full-time caregiver, you might have to balance a full-time job and caregiving, and you might have children that you also need to care for. Here is some advice for adjusting to becoming a caregiver and going through the transition as smoothly as possible!
Make sure you spend time learning about your loved one’s condition. The more you know, the better prepared for caregiving you will be! Look into caregiving organizations like the National Alliance for Caregiving…
Helpful ideas to help with long-distance caregiving responsibilities
“Out of sight, out of mind” goes the saying, but for a long-distance caregiver this could not be further from the truth. In fact, having a loved one requiring care “out of sight” through geographical separation can actually lead to stress levels equal to or greater than that of local caregivers.
Even if you are not a long-distance caregiver yourself, you may know someone with family members (perhaps affected by dementia) who require care and live far away. …
Finding and choosing family caregiver support programs can be a daunting task. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about these programs in order to help you decide which ones are the best fit for you, your family and your loved one.
Q: What types of family caregiver support programs exist?
If you’ve ever been in a long-distance relationship- you know how it feels to be apart from a loved one. But what if this loved one was your mom or dad- suffering from dementia?
Prior to the pandemic locking households away from one another, the challenge of looking after loved ones from afar already existed mainly among first-generation immigrants and out-of-region family members.
Considering the added intricacies of travel bans and health risks, long-distance caregiving is increasing in popularity, especially as millennial caregivers become more reliant on technology to manage the lives of their loved ones.
What is Long-Distance Caregiving?
The diagnosis of dementia can often come as a shock and may lead the family dynamic to change as a result of the new and ever-changing needs of your loved one. The realization that your loved one can no longer perform regular every-day tasks independently and the need to make timely decisions about who will handle the new responsibilities that come with this change can cause a lot of stress. Will a son or daughter be the new family caregiver? Will the tasks be divided amongst two siblings? Maybe you don’t have a sibling and have to take on caregiving…
Having a loved one affected by dementia dulls many aspects of daily life, so when special occasions come along, putting together a celebration may be the last thing on your mind. Between the stress of planning a special day and a progressing dementia diagnosis, celebrating holidays like Father’s Day may seem pointless.
However, this is not the case.
Even if your father does not recognize the holiday to be in his honour, the spirit of celebration can really boost his mood and replace some of the frustration and confusion with moments of positivity and amusement. …
Are you stressed, burnt out and feeling like your life has turned upside-down ever since you learned of your loved one’s diagnosis? Maybe you have been a caregiver for a few months or even years and you still can’t seem to find balance in your life. Don’t worry, we have just the thing that can help relieve some of that built-up stress!
Caregiving can often be daunting and come with many difficulties. Caregiving isn’t something that is usually done for a short period of time, rather, it is a long journey and serious commitment. …
Turning a frown upside down isn’t always easy, especially when you are affected by, or care for a loved one with dementia. Getting the person to crack a smile can be difficult, let alone finding something or anything- that will bring both of you the chance to laugh together and have ‘fun’.
As Plato said, “Even the gods love jokes”. If you are like most people, you may have your moments, are no comedian-per se! …
Aiming to redefine the standard of dementia care.