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You may be asking yourself, “Where do I find support? ”

Possibly the most commonly-asked caregiver questions is also one of the hardest to answering part since the response will vary from person to person.

Some folks can immediately rattle off the names of the women and men in their lives who are waiting in the wings; poised to assist them whenever called upon. Nevertheless, many care providers find themselves at the opposite position; desperately seeking someone to give them a helping hand or sympathetic shoulder.

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It is the stated desire of several adults to be capable to continue living in their home (or the residence of a family member) as they grow older, as opposed to move to an assisted living community or a nursing home. Sadly, Alzheimer's may throw a life size monkey wrench into the very plans to ageing place.

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Aging is a natural part of life; it’s also natural for seniors to need help and support with everyday lives. Unfortunately, many elderly people refuse to acknowledge that they may need a little extra help. Whether it’s needing assistance with personal care, such as bathing, needing help with transportation or even medication reminders; it is common for elderly adults to avoid asking for help. Encouraging elderly adults to get outside help is actually one of the most common and difficult challenges that adult children face.

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The Intricate arena of Alzheimer&rsquo health care will require you or your cherished one to socialize with a wide array of physicians and doctors: geriatricians, gerontologists, geriatric psychiatrists, geriatric nurse practitioners, neurologists and neuropsychologists, to mention a couple.

 

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When it comes to being an Alzheimer’s caregiver, foresight is essentially non-existent. There are many things that seem obvious after you’ve gone through them with a loved one who has the disease, but that you’d never have considered, prior to experiencing them.

Even the world’s leading experts in Alzheimer’s don’t know everything there is to know about the disease. In fact, very little is certain when it comes to the ailment’s causes and underlying pathology.

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What’s the Difference?

As our loved one ages, one of the questions that may come up for your family is how to tell the difference between the cognitive changes associated with “normal aging” and those that could signal serious underlying health conditions.

At this time, there’s no definitive way to distinguish between benign memory slips, Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Consider this as a general rule of thumb: occasionally misplacing the car keys is normal, while forgetting what to do with them is not.

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It is common for adult children to face a wide range of problems when they are dealing with elderly parents. This is primarily due to the reversal of the parent-child relationship. As young children, your parents are who you relied on to tell you right from wrong, to make decisions for you and to protect you. As children become young adults, their relationship to their parents became “different”. You still turned to your parents, but more for support and guidance. Never do children imagine or expect that one day they would be the parent to their parent.

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