Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias
People with significant memory loss problems are said to have “dementia”. While Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, there are more than 70 causes. Memory loss is difficult for the patient, but also especially hard on families. Fortunately, support services are available.
Find information here on living with dementia day-to-day. (Your loved one does not have to have Alzheimer's for you to use these services. Although they focus on Alzheimer's Disease, anyone dealing with dementia issues can participate.) In terms of services, the Alzheimer's Association has a 24 hour helpline, and the ability to help you find appropriate housing for your loved one. From this website, you can find a local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association where there will likely be family support groups offered. As well, you can join their message boards and chat rooms for connecting with others online.
This interactive tool can help you assess your current needs and plan for the future.
If you worry that the person you care for might wander away and get lost, consider a Safe Return ID bracelet. This will help others to recognize your loved one is lost and contact you so he or she can safely be returned home. It also has the ability to note medical conditions so emergency medical personnel can be aware of important health issues.
Please Note: A Family Member HomeCare does not specifically endorse the activities of these organizations, but offers their information as a sample of the kinds of materials and services that are available.