Why do I need dementia caregiver support? Isn’t there a book I can read that’s a lot cheaper than hiring you?
Books, articles and other similar resources can be very helpful. They are, however, “layers for your informational cake”. They are no substitute for connecting one-on-one with someone with an intimate, personal experience of the dementia caregiver journey. I understand the fear, anxiety, challenges and difficulties you face day in and day out. I have walked in your shoes!
I have knowledge, tools and strategies that we will tailor to your unique and personal dementia caregiver journey.
What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?
Dementia represents a term used to describe a set of symptoms associated with cognitive decline, such as memory loss, or other indicators that daily function and memory have been compromised.
Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60% to 80% of those diseases where dementia symptoms are present, so it is most certainly the most widely known.
As a dementia caregiver I feel I need all the help and support I can get. The rest of my family, however, is in complete disagreement on what to do!
When there has been a diagnosis of dementia, it is very common that spouses, siblings, and other family members – even close friends – are not on the same page around next steps. A dementia diagnosis is a hard pill to swallow, and can impact everyone differently. In the midst of the resultant confusion and fear, a trained elder care mediator can step in – hopefully early on – and help guide difficult family conversations around the care and support of your loved one.
I just can’t get my spouse to open up to his friends about his diagnosis of dementia, and get their love and support!
For many months after my wife’s initial dementia diagnosis, I thought the best thing for Nancy to do was to reach out to her friends for support, and so I encouraged her to do so. She simply would not do that. This seemed a logical thing for her to do, and I just didn’t understand her reluctance! I gradually came to realize it was not Nancy’s job to open up to her friends about her dementia. It was up to me, as her spouse and caregiver, to reach out and let friends know what was happening, and help them understand how to best support her.
So know that it is common that a loved one may be embarrassed, afraid, fearful and depressed around the difficult news of a dementia diagnosis.