Pella Chronicle

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February 11, 2013

Living with a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Pella — Getting Support

Some caregivers need help when their loved one is in the early stages of the disease while others look for assistance when the person is in the later stages.  No matter the stage, it is okay to seek support whenever you may need it.  This can be support to help your loved one remain independent at home or support for the changes you as the caregiver may be experiencing.  

Given the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, there may be a time your loved one requires more assistance to maintain their independence in a secure environment.  A home care professional can provide light housekeeping, companionship or health services.  Adult day services can provide a safe environment with engaging activities and team members who pay attention to the unique needs of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Adult day services also provides a break for caregivers— so that you can return to responsibilities with a refreshed focus.

Connecting with people in similar situations while gaining a better understanding of the disease is often beneficial to caregivers. Hearthstone offers a free monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group on the first Friday of each month.   

If you are interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s Disease,  the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer’s Association are great online resources.

Source: National Institute on Aging

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