There are few challenges more emotional and difficult than caring for an aging loved one who has dementia. In addition to the normal challenges of aging, elders who suffer from dementia can experience dramatic temperament changes and require more attentive care. As the condition progresses, wandering becomes a risk and around-the-clock care may be needed.
Young adult children sometimes boomerang back to the safety of a parent’s home when money is tight, the going is tough or difficult times loom. Decades later, middle-aged children often become the safety net for their parents. For some aging parents, the right move is into their adult child’s home.
Long-term care providers could soon have access to a newly developed tool that can accurately predict the life expectancy of dementia patients.