June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month — 3 Comments

  1. My great grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for years before she passed. She lived to be 101, which is impressive, but the last decade or so of her life was lost to the disease. I try to employ as many preventative measures as possible, both for myself and my parents.

  2. Another important resource when providing care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease is Hospice. They offer support to both the individual and his/her caregivers, and the earlier services are initiated the better.

    • Hi Diane, thanks for the comment! I agree about hospice…we got hospice involved with my dad as soon as he had a diagnosis that met eligibility criteria. In his case, he had stopped eating and was losing weight. But at any time you can ask for a hospice consult and a nurse and/or social worker will come to your home or the care facility and make an evaluation. The caregivers at my dad’s assisted living facility really appreciated the extra support, as did my mom. Even better, we were able to prevent multiple transfers to the emergency room during his final weeks. Hospice gave us much more control over an already difficult situation. Haha, obviously I am a big fan of hospice care! Thanks again, FN