Caring for an aging loved one, especially one with a degenerative disease like Alzheimer’s or dementia, is no easy task. Often, family caregivers are not only faced with the challenges of their loved one’s health, but also their own as the stress and exertion of full-time caregiving takes its toll on the body and spirit.
Experts on memory loss agree that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss affect the entire family, not just the person diagnosed. Everyone feels the stress of watching – and caring for – their loved one’s progressive decline. If you are the primary caregiver for someone with memory loss, the responsibility of educating your family and close friends, as well as keeping them updated on your loved one’s condition, usually falls on you.
If your loved one is experiencing difficulties that accompany aging, it might be time to start thinking about planning for future care. While we would all like to imagine living out our days free from the necessity of long-term care, in reality, approximately two-thirds of people ages 65 and older will require long-term care in some form, according to AARP.