How to Plan for Dementia
You’ve been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease – you’re beginning to accept it, but you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the prospect of planning for the rest of your life. Don’t try to “fake” your health, something many people try to do when they first learn about their disease. Don’t try to cover your mistakes or hide it from your family. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s better to let them in than push them away. They are going to have a large role to play in your future, and you should plan it together.
Be clear about your wants and come up with a strategy for making it work. If you feel strongly about staying in your own home as the disease develops, you’re not alone. Ninety percent of seniors want to stay right where they are. While Alzheimer’s poses unique challenges to this desire, it is by no means impossible. It’s never been easier for New York seniors to connect with reputable, high-quality dementia caregivers who work in your home. Working with your family, a caregiver with a local company like Mavencare can make sure that you retain your comfort and dignity as you age at home.
Your family may not be able to give you the kind of support you need to continue living safely at home, whether it’s because they don’t live in the city or they are already stretched too thin by their own family and career. In that case, a caregiver in New York can give you that kind of support. They can assist with a number of daily necessities, including:
• Help with grocery shopping and cooking
• Transportation assistance, either by car or navigating public transportation
• Keeping track of your medication schedule and providing regular reminders
• Help with getting outside for some exercise, for example, walking or doing some light gardening
Companionship: playing games and talking, both activities that help delay cognitive decline; some organizations also look for caregivers who are familiar with Montessori Methods for Alzheimer’s (see the website for Mavencare in New York City for more details)
As Alzheimer’s progresses, sufferers find new challenges. There are a few coping strategies you can use to judge your own abilities and help yourself get through the day. For example, it’s recommended that you have a family member you trust to help you with your finances. That way, you won’t write the same check more than once or forget to deposit checks. You may forget whether or not you washed your hair – try this trick: move your shampoo to another side of the shower after you’ve washed.
Eventually, you will reach a point when you need more intensive help, potentially from a live in caregiver. When this happens, you may want your family to be more closely involved. Caregivers who provide work with Mavencare use a mobile app to stay constantly in touch with families. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, but it does not mean that you cannot age with respect and dignity in your own home. Call a care provider in NYC today for a needs assessment and start planning for your future.