When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia it could be considered one of the worst days of their life, and yours. They have just been diagnosed with a degenerative disease, for which there is no known cure. The future may seem scary, daunting, depressing and overwhelming.
When a person is alive and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, there is actually no way to know for certain it is, in fact Alzheimer’s. Only once that person has passed, can an official diagnosis of Alzheimer’s be made during a full autopsy.
Currently there are approximately 850 000 people living with dementia in the United Kingdom, with that number set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. Statistics reveal that 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 suffer from dementia, but is their diet, and particularly a diet high in sugar to blame?
In today’s modern age of technology, communication could not be easier or any more accessible. You can literally speak to and even see your loved ones in a matter of seconds with technological advances such as Skype, FaceTime and the smartphone.
Despite this, research has shown that as a global community we are lonelier than ever, but none more so than our older generation. But the question remains, why?
All-too-often a loved one or care receiver suffering from a loss of bowel control is too embarrassed to openly admit it or discuss the issue. Which is completely understandable – a loss of bowel control is something most people hope to avoid in their later stages of life. But, it is a reality amongst many seniors and most certainly nothing to be ashamed of.
If you’re new to the world of dementia and Alzheimer’s care, you may be wondering what a typical day is like through the eyes of those suffering from either of these neurodegenerative diseases.
If you have an elderly loved one suffering from bed wetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis (NE), it’s far more common than you think.
Caregiving for a loved one is a full-time commitment. This reality is nothing new, but sometimes, it may seem completely all-consuming and you may find yourself feeling completely overwhelmed or ‘stuck’. This is a natural feeling and will most likely happen more than once along your caregiving journey.
When a loved one falls ill, whether they are a parent, sibling or your life partner, communication becomes vital to managing both their illness and your relationship.