Dementia and Safety Series: Driving and Dementia – What are the signs?

When an individual receives a diagnosis of dementia, one of the first concerns that families and caregivers face is whether or not that person should continue driving. A diagnosis of dementia doesn’t necessary mean that a person can no longer drive , however the early stages of dementia some may possess skills necessary for safe driving. Some Dementia symptoms as memory loss, visual-spatial disorientation and decreased cognitive function will get worse as time goes on. Your loved one driving skill will decrease and they will give to give up driving all together. When your loved one loses the driving freedom he or she will probably get upset. Some individuals, recognizing the risks, will limi

Feelings Friday

TGIF Caregivers, My Mood is well okay. I'm with my mom for a long weekend because she has a doctor’s appointment for her checkup. This also gives and her husband a break. Every time I see her deteriorating from this horrific disease it breaks my heart. When I go home I go thru old photographs. Do you do that? It makes my smile and brings back good memories of when things were simple and everyone was healthy. I came across this picture. My Mom, Dad and my brother. My Dad died in 2008 from Parkinson's Disease, My brother died in 2015 from stage 4 cancer. My mom as you know is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. I dread the day that I lose her and she is the last of my immediate family then

Dementia and Safety series: 10 Tips on Preventing Wandering of Individuals suffering from Dementia

This is the second topic in the Wandering Section of my Dementia and Safety series – 10 Tips on Preventing Wandering of Individuals suffering from Dementia Since we no longer keep the door unlocked and have the door chirp if opened we no longer have this problem with her going for a walk without one of us being there to watch over her. Just know that according the Alzheimer’s Association, Wandering can happen, even if you are the most diligent of caregivers. Try using the following strategies to help lower the chances: Carry out daily activities. Having a routine can provide structure. Identify the most likely times of day that wandering may occur. Plan activities at that time. Activiti

Dementia and Safety Series: Wandering and Dementia – What it is and my story

People with Alzheimer's or any other type of Dementia more likely or not are living in their homes, alone or with a health care provider or family member. This is fine as long as safety measures are in place. As Alzheimer's progresses, a person's abilities change. It’s important to adapt the home environment to support these changes over time. This series on my blog is called Dementia and Safety. It will have four parts based on the tops safety concerns: Wandering / Driving / Home safety / Medication. In each part I will let you know how I dealt with regards to each topic, to share from a caregiver point of view and maybe you would comment on my blog post with your input. Wandering (3 blog P

Feelings Friday

TGIF CareGivers :) and supporters My mood today is peaceful with a dash of reflection I thought before I go into my post today I would share a picture of my gorgeous mom. As I sit here typing out my blog post I wonder what I should share with you. I'm in a calm place before the storm. I say that because this is the weekend I have for myself which is so necessary for caregivers. You need time for yourself to recharge, reset, recuperate from providing care for your loved ones. For me typing my thoughts on the keyboard of my laptop is therapeutic. If you’re not a caregiver yourself you can't even understand how this is the hardest job that you didn’t apply for. Being able to be strong and posit

What are the Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Here’s a list of 10 warning signs that may indicate Alzheimer’s disease: 1. Difficulty remembering things that just happened Forgetting dates or events; repeatedly asking for the same information; and relying more and more on reminder notes or family members to handle daily tasks. 2. Inability to plan or solve problems Struggling to track monthly bills or solve simple math problems. Taking longer to do these things may be another sign. 3. Trouble completing familiar tasks Driving to a familiar place; remembering the rules of a favorite game; or forgetting how to cook a simple meal (or even boil water). 4. Losing track of dates, seasons and time If it isn’t happening right now, Alzheimer’s su

Would you want to know if you were going to develop #Alzheimers or any other form of #Dementia??

I posted this to a FB Group today and it got a lot of attention. It makes you wonder if you would want to know. For me I would kind of accept that I may develop some form of Dementia since both my parents have it. It's sad really, as I get older I get more vested in finding a cure. It may to late for my parents but maybe I will has a chance. Some responses I received on my posted was : 1. I would want to know so I can plan my retirement early so I can do all things I wanted to do while I can still be aware of everything. 2. Some wouldn't want to know because they would probably freak out, and they didn't want their loved ones to change things that they wanted to do with their life because of

Feelings Friday

Hey everyone here we go with another #FeelingsFriday blog. It's actually Thursday night but I was in the sharing mood 😉 so I'm writing the blog now. Current Mood: calm with a deep thought chaser Calm because I'm home relaxing In deep thought because I get to sit home in silence and think about what's going on in my world outside of the 9 to 5. You see with #caregivers especially if you're a #parttime caregiver. I will only speak for myself. I feel guilty at times about being able to relax when part of me wants to be able to with my mom more often than not. To be honest and keep it 100% I've learned that you have to take care of yourself in order to be a good caregiver. I exercise, meditate,

Alzheimer's and Dementia what's the Difference? It's the same isn't it?

Well there is a difference folks. Most people use it interchangeably. Even I did when I was younger. I thought of it as a disease that old people get. That is true for the most part but there is such a thing as Early Onset Alzheimer’s. It's an uncommon form of dementia that strikes people younger than age 65. Let's get to the difference between Alzheimer's and Dementia. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Alzheimer’s disease is a common cause of dementia causing as many as 50 to 70% of all dementia cases. In fact, Alzheimer’s is a specific form of dementia. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include impaired thought, impaired speech, and confusion. A doctor can’t say that you or your lov

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