You had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones but noticed that your parent was not their usual self. Some things you may have seen were unopened personal mail or bills, letters from the bank about overdue payments or overdrawn balances, mail piled up in their mailbox, or the house not as clean as they usually keep it. All of these signs and much more are common signs that your mom may need to explore assisted living or potentially memory care.
While the holidays are known for delivering happiness and joy to people across the world, it can often bring sadness, disappointment and nostalgia for many. Such is the holidays for those who have a family member living with Alzheimer's. According to the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s affects over 5 million Americans and someone develops this degenerative disease every 60 seconds.
Sunday August 21st marks National Senior Citizen’s Day – officiated by Ronald Reagan in 1988 as a way to celebrate and recognize the lives of our nation’s seniors. This official day created a way to acknowledge a generation’s lifetime achievements, sacrifices and contributions they made to their communities, families and country. While many honor mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, every day through little gestures – today is the day to go above and beyond for the elders in your life.
Historically, 2015 has been one of the biggest years yet for Alzheimer’s research with awareness efforts ramped up from Hollywood and Congress increasing funds by 60% in June. Now, included in a budget proposal an astonishing 50% increase in Alzheimer’s research is expected to pass in Congress before the year-ends.
It’s Thanksgiving again! Millions of families across the country–and expats all over the world for that matter–are preparing themselves for turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, candied yams, and I won’t even mention the desserts! Year after year, it’s the same routine that we all know and love and stress over. That is, of course, until something or someone throws the routine for a loop. The common cause: an aging loved one, who is perhaps no longer the independent, lucid and physically capable person they’ve always been. No worries, you can create an enjoyable "Senior Thanksgiving" that your loved one will always remember.
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
~ Hamilton Wright Mabie