People who have Parkinson’s disease may find everyday life challenging. Taking proper care of loved ones diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome could make their life more pleasant, easier, and less stressful. Family and friends suffering from the illness tend to have impaired balance, rigid muscles, slowed movement, and tremors resulting in complications in managing day-to-day activities and participating in social life.

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Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a brain disorder that slowly but progressively destroys memory and thinking skills. Alzheimer’s specifically affects the part of the brain involved with memory and learning. Dementia, which is an illness that causes a loss of intellectual abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life activities, is often used as a general term for people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

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It’s common for someone who is living with dementia to deny they are experiencing any cognitive issues. It may be frustrating for you and your family, but it’s important not to become flustered. If a loved one is continuing to deny that they have dementia, or they are refusing to go into care, it’s important to help in the right ways. How can you help a dementia patient who is refusing to go into care?

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Family dynamics are real. People tend to fall into roles within the family structure in order to meet the demands of a life. There are leaders, breadwinners, decision-makers, hearth-keepers, those who create order, those who keep the peace, the family clown, and dreamers. Whatever the roles may be, things get turned upside down when symptoms of dementia begin to manifest. Suddenly the decision-maker forgets the banker’s name, or the caregiver can’t recall a family member’s birthday.

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After Diane lost her husband Bill*, she knew that the time had come to make decisions about her future. Luckily, she and Bill had a ranch style home, so she didn’t have to worry about climbing stairs or keeping an upstairs suite clean. But Diane had recently received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and her kids were encouraging her to begin looking into memory care nursing homes.

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