Family Gatherings Make Family Aware of Memory Loss

Take Me To Post Comment Form

Thanksgiving and Christmas - time to take a trip to visit the relatives. People with Alzheimer's and other dementia causing illnesses may become more disoriented with the influx of new faces and the hustle and bustle of the season. Vacations with the extended family may illuminate the memory lapses that have gradually taken away the older person's ability to contribute to conversations and to participate in family rituals of the season.
Maybe it is time to let mom retire from cooking the turkey and dressing if she forgets to take out the inards or cooks the turkey with the plastic on. Maybe Dad doesn't need to hang the house lights and get the tree down from the attic if he doesn't recall the grandkid's names.
As Alzheimer's disease gradually destroys the communication pathways within the brain (nerve connections), the impaired person typically becomes more dependent on others for activities of daily living. The household duties they once performed with ease are now a challenge and they may become angry and frustrated as their role in the family changes.
Ideas will be shared during the December 9, 2013 Alzheimer's Association caregiver support group meeting at Statesboro First Methodist Church,to help the family adjust to the "new normal" as a family member gradually loses abilities to remember, to reason, to communicate well, to consider alternatives, and to manage money, time, and emotions.
If you support a family member with this degenerative neurological disease or suspect your loved one has symptoms of Alzheimer's, you are encouraged to attend any of the 2nd Monday meetings at Statesboro First Methodist...we are now meeting in room 200, not the library. No reservations are needed. You may call 1-800-272-3900 for more information.


Latest Activity: Dec 03, 2013 at 6:22 PM


Bookmark and Share
Forward This Blog
Print Blog
More Blogs by caregiver
Send caregiver a Message
Report Inappropriate Content


Blog has been viewed (509) times.


Log In to post comments.

Previous blog entries by caregiver
 
Early Stage Memory Loss, What Can I Say?
April 05, 2014
Imagine that you wake up one morning and find that people around you are adding some foreign words to their conversations with you. They insist that they have told you several times when lunch is scheduled. They complain that you are not listening or are being purposefully dense, refusing to ...
Read More »
 
Improving Communication Moderately Confused Adults
February 28, 2014
Communication problems are some of the early signs of Alzheimer's dementia in an adult who is not suffering from a stroke. This can be one of the most challenging issues for a family as the patient loses the ability to easily express his wants and opinions. He may misinterpret directions, ...
Read More »
 
Keep Alzheimer's Patient Home Longer
January 30, 2014
Families providing care for an adult with dementia causing illness, like Alzheimer's Disease, typically strive to postpone personal care or nursing home placement as long as possible. Many soon realize that this neurological disease causes noticeable changes in the way the ill person reacts to his environment and the family ...
Read More »
 
Why Is He Acting Like That and What Is Sundowning?
December 30, 2013
"Why is he more confused in the afternoon and evening?" is a question that is often asked by family caregivers during a support group meeting. "Sometimes I think he really doesn't have Alzheimer's dementia because he seems so normal at times." "He just doesn't seem to be the same person ...
Read More »
 
Planning Activities/Reducing Stress with Dementia
October 28, 2013
Eighty percent of care provided in the community for a person with Alzheimer's or other dementias is provided by unpaid caregivers according to the most recent facts and figures report from the Alzheimer's Association. 60% of caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or vry high and 1/3 ...
Read More »
 
[View More Blogs...]





 
Powered by
Morris Technology