Read about one adult daughter's reaction as her parents decide to move to a senior living community.
Most people have heard the term dementia but don’t have a personal experience with it. Often the term is interchanged with Alzheimer’s disease. However, Alzheimer's disease is just one type of dementia that accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. There are many types of dementia ranging from Parkinson’s disease to vascular dementia to Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB). The term dementia is used to describe a wide range of symptoms associated with cognitive change including memory loss, impaired judgment, difficulty speaking and mood changes such as depression. Dementia may cause a person's ability to perform day-to-day activities to become challenging over time. But there is hope that the challenges can be lessened by creating the right supportive and adaptive environment.
Help us fight Alzheimer's disease at the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Raley Field in West Sacramento, California.
Vera, living with dementia, replies, “The melody. I love to sing and listen. I used to sing in Europe while I worked. It’s a good feeling. Makes life happier and reminisce precious moments.”
Dementia is a difficult burden for some couples, but there are ways to overcome it. By being prepared for the challenges that dementia can present, you can minimize frustrations and anxiety and instead emphasize the love that the two of you have always shared.
Eskaton supports a wide range of research and innovative strategies determined to make Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia a thing of the past. But today, over 5 million people in the US are suffering from this disease. There are 45 million family members providing care to those with dementia and other age related illnesses. Eskaton is committed to older adults and their family members to offer flexible options for the level of care needed. Below are resources, support groups and services available in Northern California and beyond.
Taking care of an older or ill family member can be enormously rewarding — but it can be physically and emotionally draining as well. That’s why it’s important for caregivers to seek occasional respite from their responsibilities. Whether it’s for a few hours a week to run errands or a few weeks a year to take a much-needed vacation, respite care offers you the chance reduce stress, restore energy and keep your life in balance.
Robadeh will celebrate her 101st birthday in January. Just two years ago, it looked like she wouldn’t make it. She wasn’t eating. She was hospitalized twice with pneumonia. Alzheimer’s disease made Robadeh at times profoundly sad, anxious or fearful. That’s when Aileen, a therapeutic musician, began visiting her at Eskaton Care Center Fair Oaks. One day, Aileen improvised some music on a Middle Eastern scale on her harp, hoping that the power of familiar music would ease her suffering. It was a breakthrough. An educator and lawyer once fluent in English and other languages, Robadeh could now remember only the Persian of her youth. But the familiar music touched her.