“What We’re Reading Now” is a new series where we will share the latest blogs and articles we find helpful for family caregivers.
There have been several noteworthy stories about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in the news lately. Their statistics alone are staggering – more than 5.4 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s in the United States and nearly 4% of this population are diagnosed before age 65, as noted in the following article: New Alzheimer’s research is changing how we think about — and treat — the disease
With the New Year in full swing, people tend to focus on self-care with resolutions to eat right, lose weight, and exercise – all good goals for a healthy lifestyle. But for family caregivers of people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, resolutions are rarely made as the focus on caring for the disease-stricken loved one becomes the primary concern over all others – including the caregiver’s own health. We found this latest blog post to be filled with inspiring and practical resolutions to take care of you, written by those who have been in this caregiver role and discovered the hard way that self-care is just as important as taking care of others: The Alzheimer’s Caregiver – New Year Resolutions.
As our family members continue to age and we become more responsible for their care, we face many questions and difficult decisions relating to their well-being. How can I support them with a full time job and children? What is the best living situation for their needs? We found this post to be helpful as it is a personal account of one man’s journey in caring for his wife with Alzheimer’s disease: A love tested yet strengthen by Alzheimer’s.
What are you reading now…anything we should include in our series? Feel free to leave your suggestions for this series in the comments below or send us a Tweet!