Dementia

Dementia1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia. While a good percentage of dementia patients are elderly, it is not exclusive to that segment of the population.

Of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, an estimated 5.2 million people are age 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 (younger-onset Alzheimer’s). One in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease. By mid-century, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

Caring for a loved one with dementia comes with a unique set of challenges, including issues such as harm to self. For example, an individual might set a fire while cooking or become a wander risk or begin to think someone is going to harm them or is breaking into their home.

Typically, as the disease progresses, it becomes more emotionally and physically draining for the caregiver who often reaches a “breaking point.” When focusing on the negative, it can become exhausting and overwhelming.

It’s important to find supportive services such as those offered by Living Life with Dignity before this point is reached. The volatility of the disease can make situations dangerous and upsetting. Depending on the progression or type of dementia, needs can change rapidly. For many, it is a full time commitment.

Case Study

Client:

  • 83-year-old female living in her home alone
  • 2 adopted children and a grandson
  • daughter deceased
  • son estranged

Background:

  • Lived in current home for 60 years
  • A retired nurse
  • Raised her grandson after her daughter died
  • Neighbors all rally to help
  • Calling neighbors; paranoid about someone trying to break into home
  • Desires to fire her attorney and POA

Challenges:

  • Refuses caregiver
  • New attorney contacted by client
  • Attorneys agree client needs intervention and a guardianship

Services:

  • Obtain appropriate placement
  • Assisted with guardianship process of the Estate
  • Appointment of Guardian of the Person
  • Advocate with facility for her care
  • Advocate at hospital for her treatment
  • Assist with funeral arrangements
  • Assist with Medicare B re-enrollment