The news that a loved one has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia can be initially devastating, but those impacted should not lose hope. Great strides have been made in the number of resources available and in researching prevention and cures for memory loss diseases.

In June of this year, the U.S. Senate approved an additional $100 million for Alzheimer’s research. That was a major success! The additional funding, together with a global increase in awareness, will go a long way towards finding a cure and/or offering extra support to family caregivers.

When caring for a loved one with a memory loss disease, it is important to not only become educated about the disease, but also to remember that caring for yourself as a caregiver is important. Taking time away, via respite care from friends, family or professional caregivers, is essential for preventing caregiver burnout.

Understanding what is happening in the mind of a loved one who has Alzheimer’s can help caregivers cope better with the changes in temperament and sudden lapses in memory. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has solid resources caregivers can tap into, including easy-to-understand descriptions of the disease and tips for maintaining your own physical and mental health.

Local support groups are also available around Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Meeting others on the same journey, sharing stories and hearing about their experiences can be healthy and healing.

If caring for a loved one requires more than what can be provided at home, consider Christian Health Care Center’s Cedar Cover dementia care unit – it’s a safe place for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Cedar Cove was specifically designed to meet the needs of patients with memory loss, while at the same time, providing a comfortable living space.

24-hour skilled nursing care, personalized rooms, open spaces for socializing and exploring, plus quiet places for resting are provided. Nursing staff in Cedar Cove are trained to provide care to Alzheimer’s patients and treat them with the respect and dignity they deserve.

Ready to learn more about dementia care in Whatcom County? Contact our social services team today.