People with dementia may live as long as 26 years with the condition, with growing and changing needs. Their caregivers must adapt. Get input as the challenges come up (in a pinch, try the Alzheimer’s Association hotline, 800-272-3900 if you can’t get a doctor who knows the patient). For example, your loved one might develop a swallowing problem and find it hard to eat her usual foods. A gentle person may become angry. At a certain point, bowel and bladder control go away. Develop a plan for the day you can’t be the primary caregiver.
April 07, 2020
Janet O’Dell, RN