Both parents impaired
It is such a blessing that we live not too far away from each other in order for me to visit my parents and check up on them. Dad has been bedridden for a number of months now. As of late, my mother was just diagnosed with dementia after having some very violent aggressive spells and mood swings.
Her forgetfulness has started to become extremely dangerous, as Dad has to take strict medication at certain times and needed to be turned over. To make matters worse, she forgets to feed him and we know how important nutrition is to any of us.
Our family has taken turns in dropping off ready-made nutritious meals for both of them every day. We make sure that they are well-balanced breakfasts, lunches and dinners, but it is a real burden keep the strict timetable with our schedules and daily traffic. We all logged onto a common phone app that could relay all of us and keep each informed on what is happening with the situation and progress.
However, slowly we have omitted our real respective family responsibilities, ceased our daily activities and family members have started complaining of our lack of presence. Basically, we are all in the doghouse now with our husbands and wives. So much so that we have started looking for all sorts of solutions to help them both become independent regards of their medical diagnosis and prognosis. We have all discussed how important it is to be supported by our loved ones in order to move forward and make this organization work.
Thus, we have hired out the necessary help to make our parents continue their humble home comfort. In this caregiving organization that we have found online, they have every professional medical and paramedical person that we need to fulfill our requirements and even more. Not only do they deliver meals, nurses come to administer medication but we even found a therapist to make certain that dad gets no bedsores being bedridden. He needs to be turned over every 2 hours and with mother forgetting, it was getting ugly. Mom and dad now enjoy their scrabble, when she does not forget the words and he enjoys his solitaire card games, we enjoy that they have a sound routine and they are safe.
www.alz.co.uk/research/statistics facts and figures state the following:
As of 2013, there were an estimated 44.4 million people with dementia worldwide. This number will increase to an estimated 75.6 million in 2030, and 135.5 million in 2050. Much of the increase will be in developing countries. Already 62% of people with dementia live in developing countries, but by 2050 this will rise to 71%. The fastest growth in the elderly population is taking place in China, India, and their south Asian and western Pacific neighbours.