We all come across words like Dementia, Alzheimer, Parkinson and other memory loss issues in our lives. For me it was a role of a caregiver for a family member who suffered from Dementia and Parkinson's disease in the last few months of their life. At that time, I wished I had someone close to me who could help and guide me with resources and information in the right direction. My daughter who is currently pursuing her master’s degree in psychology motivated me to share my experience and help others find resources for help for their friends and family.
I did not know what Dementia is until i had to take care of my family member. I learned, it is not a single disease, but a range of conditions, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s. What I understood going thru the process, these conditions are caused when healthy brain cells are damaged and lose connections with one another. As these, changes in the brain occur, they may worsen quickly. They may lead to problems with memory, thinking, and behavior, which can affect simple activities of daily life. These changes in the brain cells can also cause hallucinations and delusions. When you have Parkinson, it affects the central nervous system resulting in tremors, slow movements, stiffness and loss of balance.
I thought I would share the resources that I found as a care giver helpful to me. These resources were a great help to me, and I believe they will be of some help to you all. I pray no one goes thru this tough situation, however it's life, and we can’t avoid if it does happen. If you find yourself in this position, please reach out to Caring.com by clicking on the link below.
- Sarah Brighton
- John Dillon
- Jennifer Watson