That equates to $73,000 per year. Now, imagine your total savings & assets. At $73k per year, how long would you be able to sustain the financial effect of that amount of expenditure.
I decided to write this article hoping that I could help somebody else who might be struggling through Alzheimer’s with one of their parents. I wanted to share in detail some of the signs I noticed with my mom that made me realize that a move to the Memory Care Communities Dallas TX unit would be in her best interest.
The last time he fell the doctor at the emergency room in the hospital told him he could no longer live by himself. He had to have 6 stitches in his head but he hadn’t broken any bones. The doctor also wanted him to get a wheel chair because of his balance problems. That was the first thing I did when I arrived at the hospital.
They died of tuberculosis, pneumonia, and influenza, diphtheria and smallpox, childbirth and even heart attacks. Only about 8% of the population died of a heart attack, and even less died of stroke. Cancer was not even listed (or known) as a predominant killer. They were farmers and miners and housekeepers, fishermen, lumberjacks, nurses…they did physical labor to live.
When we first became responsible for an aunt with Alzheimer’s, our lives drastically changed. It often felt as if our lives were spinning out of control. There was little time for anything or anyone other than Aunt Betty. We finally realized that it would be impossible to continue at the same pace. If we failed to take care of ourselves, we might not be able to continue caring for her. Alzheimers can be a long, slow process. It is essential that Alzheimers caregivers take care of themselves, too.
As I have done so many times before, I made a list of things I needed to have before I started to declutter. If your home needs sprucing up my list may help you.
Cutting back on activities does not mean you eliminate all of them. The Alzheimer’s Association says activities can “enhance a person’s sense of dignity and self-esteem.” Keep the activities your loved one enjoys most and continue them as long as possible. Your reward will be a smile.