Call it a blessing or a curse, but our technology and need for extending our life expectancy often come at a cost. As we live longer we are able to enjoy more of the things we like, including our families and all of the wonders the world has to offer. But living longer is not without its challenges:
- Stretched financial resources
- Affordable housing
- Needed personal care
- Reduced mobility
Each of these can often be a serious detrimental factor.
The key is Quality of Life, and healthy cognition is a major component of this.
Dementia is a debilitating experience that affects entire families and although Dementia is not a natural part of ageing, it is more prevalent in older adults. Therefore, as the population ages, we could expect to see an increase of the many types of Dementia including Alzheimer’s.
Receiving a diagnosis of a Dementia is not an easy task and often requires several investigative measures (cognitive testing along with physical testing) to reach the diagnosis. For many however, a diagnosis occurs only after symptoms have appeared and even then families and individuals may be reluctant to seek such a diagnosis.
So what do you do in the meantime? What does your family do? Some will simply let time do its thing. Some will seek out on-line information. Some will speak with their Doctor or a good friend but most will simply state Mom or Dad is getting old and consider Dementia as part of ageing. Although I cannot blame them for this, it may not be the right thing to do. WHY? Because a reduced Quality of Life will become a huge factor not only for the Dementia sufferer but for the family as well.
Information/knowledge is power and the more information you have the better equipped you are in managing situations. Without the information, you (the family) will be powerless in the ability to cope with the progress of Dementia. You may begin to experience:
- safety issues
- driving ability or lack of
- behavioural issues
- depression and more
All of these can lead to ISOLATION and a lack of family participation for both you and the one you are caring for.
So what can a family do to help their loved one? The answer is Education!
The more you know about the disease, about the person and about the progression, the better equipped you will be in managing the complexities your loved one is facing. This is where Pivotal Aging Innovations Inc. – The Ashby Memory Method™ can offer help.
Before a family sets out to a Doctor for a diagnosis, symptoms are usually already taking place, yet families and individuals may be reluctant for a diagnosis for fear of the results. However an earlier diagnosis or intervention can lead to a slowdown in progression or offer coping mechanisms improving Quality of Life for all involved.
The Ashby Memory Method™ was originally designed to work with people who had suffered a brain injury. Originally called Cognitive Retention Therapy (CRT), it was further developed to assist individuals and families facing a cognitive (dis)ability such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Pivotal Aging Innovations Inc. now delivers The Ashby Memory Method™ to Canadian families and Professionals working with Alzheimer’s and Dementia clients.
The Ashby Memory Method™ is a cognitive retention therapy that offers a standard of measurable, paper based, cognitive exercises based on the person’s interest and history (Person Centred). Pivotal has added a caregiver information and empowerment component for families as well as training for professionals interested in certification in delivering The Ashby Memory Method™ program. The program is being delivered to get in the hands of families sooner and encouraging them to get involved!
For more information, please visit www.DementiaTherapy.ca
Alzheimer’s and Dementia – What families can do. ‘About Seniors TV’ interview with Paul Cutajar and The Ashby Memory Method™- Cognitive Retention Therapy for families coping with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Families can purchase this home-based program with the option of connecting with Allied Professionals at www.DementiaTherapy.ca