- [07:20] Strategy #1: Simplify your daily tasks, establish a routine, and create strategies for managing your money, medications, driving, etc.
- [14:41] Strategy #2: Make sure you and your home are safe. I share many strategies and resources for keeping your home safe for you to live in and resources for helping you if you begin to get lost or wander away from your home.
- [17:43] Strategy #3: Plan for your future. Early on in the dementia process is when you want to make sure to put all of your legal and financial affairs in order. I guide you on how to do this, here.
- [19:41] Strategy #4: Having a social and family support system around you makes all the difference in remaining in your home for as long as possible. Learn what community supports are essential.
- [23:23] Strategy #5: Even if you have a diagnosis of dementia, there are things you can do to slow down the disease course. The key is managing your medical and mental health. Listen and learn.
Want to learn more about memory loss?
If you’re concerned about someone you love possibly having a significant memory loss or a dementia disorder, please download my free memory loss guide. It answers some of the most frequently asked questions I get about memory loss.
Subscribe & Review in iTunes
Are you subscribed to my podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe in iTunes!
Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in and read. Just click here to review, then scroll down, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Meals on Wheels America (1-888-998-6325)
- Find your Area Agency on Aging by using the Eldercare Locator (1-800-677-1116)
- MedicAlert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return program (1-800-432-5378)
- Alzheimer’s Association (1-800-272-3900)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)
- Download the free Roadmap to Stopping Driving
- Download the free Essential Documents Checklist
- Download the free Memory Loss Guide
Where to find mental health providers who specialize in older adults:
- Geriatric Mental Health Foundation- The doctors listed on their website are members of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP).
- Major Medical Centers and Universities- If your older loved one lives near a major medical center or medical university, go online (or google them) to see if they offer mental health care for older adults. Here are some common terms to help you in your search: geriatric mental health, behavioral health for older adults, geriatric psychiatry program, etc.
- Psychology Today- In this resource portal, you can search for Psychologists and Psychiatrists who specialize in older adults, simply select your age category (Elders 65+)
- 7 Benefits of Early Diagnosis of Dementia
- Know the 10 Memory Loss Warning Signs
- 5 Next Steps if You're Noticing Signs of Memory Loss
- Is Dementia a Normal Part of Aging?
- How to Reduce the Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
OTHER WAYS TO ENJOY THIS POST: