My 40 plus year career has been devoted to working with elders. I began by volunteering while in college, and my first "real" job after graduation was as an Activity Director in a nursing home. Later, I was privileged to serve as Housing Director in senior housing and assisted living settings. Subsequently, I supervised others as they led senior housing and senior care communities. Throughout my career, I have been drawn to those who struggle with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of Dementia. As part of a team, I worked to develop principles of care and education, and led train-the-trainer sessions. Through the years, I have come into contact with hundreds of individuals who provide care to those impacted by this group of diseases. Both family caregivers and professional caregivers need support and encouragement as they serve those in need.
Caregivers of Dementia patients have a lot of questions. People with Dementia often conduct themselves in surprising ways. They may act in ways which are not considered normal in the general population. Yet, often these actions are not unusual for someone with one of these diseases. Are you concerned or confused by your loved one's words or behavior? Share your concerns. We'll help if we can. At the very least,l we can offer the reassurance that you are not alone.
Caregivers are ordinary people called upon to do extraordinary service. My blog entries are intended to provide you with encouragement and support. Thank you for all that you do.