Where's the Lifeboat? Dementia is sinking me....
Living through a day in the life of a loved one challenged with memory loss or early cognitive deficits can be really tricky at times. Just balancing day to day operations on good days can become a full time job let alone the times when a crisis comes crashing down. Allowing for personal time for the primary caregiver takes a backseat to the daily requirements of the patient.
Dementia, with it's myriad of causes, is a progressive disease without a current cure. There are some medications and treatments that can stave off the memory loss yet the decline in functional status and mental capacity seems to come despite the best efforts of the caregiver.
For the caregiver, answering the same questions repeatedly and redirecting the individual constantly can be very draining. Understanding the importance of self care can be tantamount to knowing where the life jackets and lifeboat are. Learning about what an experienced Care Manager can support you with can be an additional lifeboat to climb aboard. from additional education on the trajectory of Dementia to tips and tricks to make the most of your everyday interactions with someone challenged with impaired cognitive function.