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    Enhancing Life with Overnight Care For Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

    June marks Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, an event dedicated to raising awareness about Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other neurological conditions impacting seniors. These conditions are often misunderstood, even by the people who they most impact. Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month offers a chance to educate ourselves, support those affected, and highlight the critical role of comprehensive care — especially overnight care. 

    Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

    Let’s start with the basics. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, making up 60-80% of cases. It’s a progressive disease that leads to memory loss, cognitive decline, and changes in behavior. Dementia, on the other hand, is an umbrella term for conditions that cause these symptoms.

    Other neurological conditions affecting seniors include:

    • Vascular Dementia: Often follows strokes or mini-strokes, affecting blood flow to the brain.
    • Lewy Body Dementia: This type of dementia is named after the neurologist Frederick H. Lewy, who discovered the abnormal protein deposits that develop in the brain and lead to cognitive and movement issues.
    • Parkinson’s Disease Dementia: This condition may affect people who have been living with Parkinson’s for over a year since diagnosis, affecting thinking and reasoning.

    How to Recognize Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

    Participating in Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month can take many forms. Wearing purple, the color of Alzheimer’s awareness, is a simple yet effective way to show support. Your local community may host local events such as walks, seminars, and fundraisers to raise awareness and funds for research. If no events exist to participate in, you might even consider starting one yourself. Sharing educational content on social media, volunteering with local organizations, and staying informed about the latest research are all valuable contributions to the cause. 

    However, perhaps the most important way to mark the occasion for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is by reaching out to the people who are most affected by it, including caregivers. If a friend or loved one is impacted by Alzheimer’s or other neurological conditions, or is a caregiver for someone who is, consider ways that you could give them your support. A phone call, card, or offer of food can go a long way for people struggling with Alzheimer’s and its effects—especially for family caregivers providing overnight care.

    Why Overnight Care Matters

    One of the most pressing needs for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is overnight care. As the disease progresses, individuals often experience increased confusion, restlessness, and wandering at night. In addition, the phenomenon of “sundowning” is very common, which describes how many patients with dementia or other neurological concerns often experience worse confusion and distress at night. This makes overnight supervision essential for their safety and well-being.

    Challenges for Family Caregivers

    Despite the critical importance of round-the-clock care, providing consistent overnight care can be incredibly challenging for family caregivers. Balancing the demands of caregiving with jobs and personal relationships can lead to significant stress; many people may even need to scale back their job hours or even take a leave of absence, which can also cause financial stress. Sleep deprivation from constant nighttime vigilance takes a toll on the caregiver’s health and ability to function. The difficulty of watching a loved one decline, combined with the physical demands of caregiving, can cause burnout and affect a caregiver’s relationships.

    The Benefits of Professional Overnight Care

    Professional in-home care services offer a solution to these challenges. Trained caregivers provide expert care, with the expertise to ensure the unique needs of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients are met. A professional in-home caregiver can manage nighttime agitation, prevent accidents, and offer immediate assistance if needed, creating a safer environment. This support allows family caregivers to get the rest they need, reducing the risk of burnout and maintaining their health. Additionally, consistent, high-quality care improves the overall quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s, offering stability and comfort.

    Get Help With Overnight Care

    If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the demands of overnight care, consider getting help from an in-home caregiving service such as Generations Home Care. Our experienced caregivers provide compassionate, professional overnight care, remaining by your loved one’s side while you get the rest you deserve. We know how difficult it can be to watch a loved one struggle with neurological issues while also struggling with the logistics of their care yourself. With the help of an in-home caregiver, you can focus on the most important thing: Enjoying time with the person you care about. 

    About Generations Home Care

    Generations Home Care personalized in-home care and support services help those recovering from illness, injury, or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier, and independent life.

    Our caregivers are trained in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended COVID-19 safety precautions. We offer levels of care ranging from companionship, to respite for the primary family caregiver, to homemaking services, to assistance with activities of daily living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Generations Home Care takes a holistic approach and emphasizes a consistent, client-centered plan of care.

    Our Specialty Services Include:

    • Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
    • Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
    • Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
    • Veteran’s connection to care program.
    • Live-in services and couples care.

    If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.

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