FCA Blog

Advance Directives and Living Wills: Bringing Up Sensitive Topics

Karen’s 85-year old mother needs more and more help. Her mother has lived independently in her own home since Karen's father passed away nearly a decade ago. A recent diagnosis of heart disease has both women worried about  future medical problems, the impact being sick has on independence, and ultimately having to discuss end-of-life issues. Both Karen and her mom know that they need to have a plan in place, but neither one knows how to broach the subject without upsetting the other. The end of life is a frightening topic for both family caregivers and their loved ones.

Emotional Support for Spouses/Partners of Individuals with Dementia

Last year, Maria’s husband was diagnosed with dementia. In the past twelve months, Maria has providing  care for her beloved spouse while noticing his symptoms worsen. The man who has been Maria’s partner and best friend for nearly fifty years now struggles to recognize her each morning and is becoming increasingly angry as his dementia progresses. While Maria loves her husband, she finds herself bombarded by an array of emotions ranging from sadness to frustration to resentment.

Food for Thought: Nutrition for People Living With Dementia

Two years ago, Anna’s 84-year old mother was diagnosed with an Alzheimer's-type dementia. As the disease progressed, Anna was increasingly finding spoiled food in her mother's refrigerator. Now, though she claims she is eating just fine, Anna's mother cannot seem to recall what she's most recently eaten. Anna is concerned that her mother's nutrition is suffering. Knowing that adequate fluid intake and a balanced diet are essential to helping her mother stay as healthy as possible, Anna decides to research nutritional tips for people living with dementia.

“Parenting” Your Elderly Parents

Mary, a 54-year old mother of two college-age children, has begun helping her mother Betsy with daily tasks and doctor’s appointments. She visits each morning to ensure that her mother has showered, gotten a good breakfast, and taken her morning medications. Since her mother’s recent diagnosis with beginning stages of dementia, Mary has noticed that Betsy is requiring more care every day. This is causing Mary to experience feelings of anger, sadness, and stress as she takes on the caregiving role that has traditionally been held by her own mother.