Sunday, January 11, 2009

New Year's resolutions for caregivers

Now that the new year is here, it is a good time to think about your role as a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia
The promise of a new year may seem daunting if you're caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease, but not if you see it as an opportunity for a fresh start.

Take advantage of the 2009 calendar in front of you by finally tackling the issues that frequently get brushed aside.

January is an ideal time to revisit your present and future caregiving situation by addressing:

legal issues( discussed at dementia tips

financial concerns

your loved one's changing needs

conversations with other family members

Update or create a care plan

It may be necessary to work with a professional to review your loved one's long-term plan. A geriatric specialist can help you identify the resources and establish a plan that meets both your needs and those of your loved one, says, Mauri Malka, who manages caregiver training and support groups.

Questions to consider include:

Is the plan still realistic?

Has your loved one's condition deteriorated recently?

Is it still possible to care for your loved one at home?

If not, what other options exist? the whole article

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