No illness is more debilitating and worrisome than Alzheimer’s or dementia. It’s heartbreaking when a parent fails to recognize you, or his or her personality changes. It also makes the caregiving process a bit more challenging, so our dementia home care professionals always account for the illness-related behavior.
Although there are currently thousands of Alzheimer’s research initiatives, by most estimates, a cure is almost a decade away. That means the best we can do is to slow the progression of the disease as much as possible. Dr. Fillit, Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation and LifeWorx Advisory Board Member, recommends taking these steps:
A LifeWorx Alzheimer’s and dementia home care professional can make sure your loved one has all the above. Take, for instance, Claire*, who called us one day from Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan. In a shaky voice, she told us that her husband, Tom*, was sitting at the park, refusing to return home. We recommended she just go be with him where he was. She obliged and promised to be back in touch. A few minutes later, she called again and said she was afraid of Tom, who was a large man.
Claire and Tom had loved each other for more than 40 years, but he was now suffering from a serious case of Alzheimer’s, which was rapidly worsening of late. Somehow, they had ended up in the park outside their apartment, wondering what their next steps would be. We told Claire that we would send over an Alzheimer’s care professional who would know how to positively persuade her husband, understand the changes in his thinking and moods, and be a friend.
Tom and his new caregiver hit it off within an hour, and as they did, Tom calmed down. The caregiver immediately began dementia home care with Tom. Later, Claire called again and thanked us, saying she had slept well that night. These days, the caregiver is a constant companion, even traveling with Claire and Tom to their vacation home. “I feel like I have my life back,” Claire said.
Being the spouse of someone with Alzheimer’s is difficult, as is being that person’s child. You’re troubled by your loved one’s illness and it becomes more complex and unpredictable to interact with him or her. Sometimes it’s difficult to disengage emotionally, but it’s best to do so, and often to employ an intermediary as well. There’s no doubt that home care for elderly people with dementia can be difficult. But Alzheimer’s care professionals have taken care of a wide variety of Alzheimer’s patients, from those who are sweet and kind to those who are deeply frustrated. They understand that in difficult moments, it is the illness speaking and not the person. They shrug off these tough times and put their heart into providing the care your loved one needs.
*Names changed for anonymity
About 10% of Englewood households have someone living alone who is 65 years or older.LEARN MORE
No illness is more debilitating and worrisome than Alzheimer’s or dementia--it’s normal to be worried, feel sad and have lots of questions.LEARN MORE
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Our dementia elderly care professionals have taken care of a wide variety of Alzheimer’s patients, from those who are sweet and kind to those who are deeply frustrated.LEARN MORE
While all of our offices work together as a team, it’s best to call the location closest to where care is needed. Its care coordinators and office staff are familiar with the available pool of local caregivers, and can provide the most fitting candidates for you.
Englewood, NJ is a charming, inclusive town just 10 miles from Times Square, and its residents enjoy a vast array of entertainment, shopping, and housing options. We chose Englewood to better serve all of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic Counties in the New Jersey region. Our ground-floor office makes it easy for our clients to walk in and meet with us to discuss their needs privately and in person.
About 10% of Englewood households have someone living alone who is 65 years or older. Is your loved on among them? If he or she needs companion care, you may be worried, feel sad and have lots of questions. Our consultations are free, and we welcome the opportunity to help you and find solutions.
1) Get Some Fresh Air– The 150-acre Flat Rock Brook Nature Center is a treasured local resource. With 3.6 miles of self-guided trails along streams and meadows, it’s oasis of New Jersey is a perfect place to go for a stroll with your loved ones, caregivers, or clients. Love the Flat Rock Brook Nature Center? Make sure to check out James A. McFaul Environmental Center or The Teaneck Creek Conservancy Nature Park, a smaller complex, but beautiful complex.
2) Visit the theater – Serving all of Northern New Jersey, The Bergen Performing Arts Center allows visitors to dive into art education and the performing arts. The center offers dance, voice, and music classes for all ages. The Ana Maria Ciccone Theatre, located on the campus of Bergen Community College, offers concerts and theatre productions featuring world-class performing artists. And you can’t mention theatres in New Jersey without mentioning the Little Firehouse Theatre, a small community playhouse with a big reputation for musicals, comedies, drama, and suspense. If you enjoy al fresco entertainment, take in an outdoor show at the Hackensack Meridian Health Center, Atlantic Street Park.
3) Explore the zoo – No need to go to the Bronx or Brooklyn when there’s a great zoo is in your back yard. The Bergen County Zoo is considered a “New World” zoo, exhibiting wildlife from North and South America. You can view animals such as Baird’s Tapirs, Andean Condors, American Alligators, Golden Lion Tamarins, and many others!
4) Check out the museums – The Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey offers visitors of all ages a chance to view historic aircraft, air and space artifacts. The Mahwah Museum preserves the history of Mahwah and its connection to the region, featuring the Les Paul exhibit and The Donald Copper Model Railroad. The World of Wings is also a lovely children’s museum and family fun center in Teaneck, NJ.
5) Play a round of golf – Bergen County and its surrounding areas are home to six public golf courses. The county also hosts multiple golf tournaments from June-October. If it’s a rainy day, be sure to visit the Bogota Golf and Sport Center, a three-level golf driving range featuring batting cages, basketball and bank shot basketball, as well as virtual mini golf. It even has a PGA simulator that replicates three world-famous courses: Pebble Beach, Augusta National, and The Doral Blue Monster.
6) Stroll the parks – Parks such as Great Oak Park, Saddle River County Park, Overpeck County Park, Losen Slote Creek Park, and Mckay Park are great areas to partake in everything from skateboarding to ice skating with the little ones, or simply amble along their walking trail. Into a little more of a challenge? Ramapo Valley Reservation is a popular destination for hiking.
7) Stop at the historic sites – History Buffs will appreciate Fort Lee, located on the cliff-top bluff where Washington’s Continental Army positioned its batteries over the Hudson in 1776. Be sure to also check out historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge, NJ. This American Revolutionary War landmark served as a battleground military headquarter in The American Revolution…and yes, George Washington actually slept in one of the three sandstone homes preserved on the grounds.
8) Check out the view – Palisades Interstate Park is one of the most picturesque spots in New Jersey. Featuring a scenic riverside drive, a cliff-top parkway, and several overlooks with picnic areas, this is truly a must-see for people of all ages.
9) Get fresh at the Farm – Abama’s Farm in Wyckoff, NJ features fresh produce, poultry, eggs, and baked goods made right in their own kitchen. When you’re there with the little ones, be sure to check out the barnyard petting zoo.
10) Channel your inner artist – Just minutes away in Morris County, The Morris County School of Glass gives locals the chance to try their hand at glass blowing.
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