Contributed by: Cassie Caple, LLMSW Contract Administrator at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan Coordinator of the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition
As a caregiver, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. However, it is important to stay healthy and practice good self-care habits since caregiving can be draining on your mental and physical well-being.
People with dementia are facing multiple risks right now when it comes to COVID-19 and the physical isolation that everyone is experiencing. Not only are they in the high-risk group when it comes to suffering caused by the virus, they are also more likely to experience worsening physical and emotional health as a result of being isolated. Self-isolation and social distancing has changed the lives of many people with dementia.
Home-bound older adults or those with limited support from family or friends may struggle with loneliness. However, there are many services in the West Michigan area that provide companionship and social connections.
Friendship and social interaction are an important aspect in every human being’s life, no matter the age. Dementia can be very socially isolating, so it is especially important to maintain a support system to prevent loneliness.
Are any visitors for people with dementia allowed in hospitals or residential care facilities?
See all upcoming virtual events, classes, and activities for people with dementia, caregivers, and professionals.
There are many dementia specialists in the West Michigan area that provide dementia services, but it is often hard to understand and coordinate all the available options. Care management services are one way to help with the overwhelming amount of information available.
What is advance care planning, tips for completing a plan with someone who has dementia, and how to complete documents in the time of COVID-19 social distancing.
The role of a financial advisor is to help clients make the best use of their financial resources. Often people’s financial goals change as they grow older and approach retirement, or a different phase in their lives. Financial goals change even more when an individual or family is faced with dementia.