I was interviewed about how to deal with dementia in the family and how to prepare for the worst on Profit Boss® Radio with Hilary Hendershott. What I failed to mention was that helping your loved one maintain purpose and meaning maybe the most important consideration.
It was posted on the anniversary of my parent’s marriage. I was the primary adult family caregiver to my two parent’s who were nearly simultaneously diagnosed with vascular dementia (mom) and Alzheimer’s (dad).
There are many things to know and consider if you have a parent with dementia. Recent studies continue to promote that:
- Be physically active and enjoy regular physical activity. Cardio helps both mind and body.
- Consider following a mediterranean diet and eat healthily.
- Don’t smoke.
- Drink less alcohol.
I believe the MOST IMPORTANT element is to consider your brain a muscle you need to exercise. Meaning and purpose and working toward a task and goals is a great way to exercise your mind.
You can hear the interview and some simple tips on how to navigate this phase of life if you are facing this situation here. Shared.