Caregiving Through The Hidden Tolls of Alzheimer's and Dementia

Still Alice and Caregiving Through The Hidden Tolls of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.  Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. But Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer's (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.

Although current Alzheimer's treatments cannot stop Alzheimer's from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.  For more information on Alzheimer's, visit the Alzheimer's Association website.

Meridian Home Care's Caregivers can provide many services for Alzheimer's patients and even provide respite care giving you temporary relief of caretaking for your loved one full time.  Some of our services include Assistance with bathing and showering, Preparation of nutritious meals, Transportation to doctor appointments, and Perform light housekeeping and homemaker services to name a few services. 

Our Client Care Coordinators, Vanessa, Julie and Sophie are here to help you and your family.  Today, we're highlighting Vanessa.

Vanessa has been with Meridian Home Care going on six years; she has been a caregiver with Meridian Home Care since 2009 and has since been promoted to Care Coordinator as of mid year of 2014. She meets with clients and assists with coordinating care that they or their family member needs. She does the scheduling/staffing of caregivers with clients making sure they get the right caregiver for the type of care they need.


Because of the devastating effects of Alzheimer's, more attention needs to be given to Alzheimer's to not only raise awareness but help fund better treatments.  Most recently, a movie was made about the effects of Alzheimer's on a family, and was released last month called, Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore, who won Best Female Actor for her role in this movie.  The movie is about Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, who is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.  You can view the trailer here.

We're here for you and your family -- Please visit our website to learn how we can provide care for you and your loved one.

 

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