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.
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