I was completely unprepared for my caregiving journey and set out on choppy waters because I was determined to care for my parents.
Caring for a parent or partner living with dementia can become an all-consuming task. It is often an experience that becomes your whole life. Some care partners take on the role because they want to, some because they feel they have to, and others because they never considered any other option.
Caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s can be an emotional and exhausting process.
A typical day is consumed by activities of daily living, medical care, and the everyday struggles associated with memory loss. When lost in the haze of our daily routine, it can be all too easy to miss out on opportunities to spend quality time with each other.
Are you a family caregiver to a loved one? Many are. In fact, nearly 40 million Americans are caregivers. Six in 10 are employed while juggling caregiving. And a surprising 25% of family caregivers are Millennials.
The Seniorly Team has visited hundreds of senior housing properties in their quest to consolidate senior care information for families searching online. With their combined experiences, they have truly seen it all.
In working with 1,100 people living with dementia, I’ve found working with them is the easy part! It’s their families who are much more challenging.
What do you do when your elderly parent is no longer a safe driver?
How to get an elderly person to stop driving is a top concern among caregivers. If you’ve discovered that your parent or someone close to you is no longer a safe driver, talking to them about giving up the car keys is one of the most difficult conversations to have. But it is one that’s extremely important.
Over the past year, several people I know have been diagnosed with serious illnesses. They’ve undergone equally serious treatments including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. For them and for their loved ones, it was a time for “all hands on deck.”
However, I believe that a number of hands were missing.
I did my first “research” paper in 2nd grade. I chose Harriet Tubman. When I learned what one woman could accomplish against unbelievable odds, I was hooked. I devoured stories of female trailblazers, marvelling at Marie Curie, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Dr Elizabeth Blackwell. Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, and Malala Yousafzai have inspired me. Being a trailblazer is hard work.
I signed up for my caregiving journey quickly. My strong, healthy, WWII-hero Dad had to be taken off an airplane in a wheelchair. He had gotten so sick during the flight the attendants were concerned for his well-being.