When an older adult suffers the loss of someone close to them, it can take more than an emotional toll. Research shows grief can also compromise their immune system and make the senior more susceptible to illness. For healthcare professionals who work with older adults, this news doesn’t really come as a surprise. Experienced hospice team members can likely cite case after case where a senior passes away soon after the death of a close family member. Now we know why.
The holidays can be an especially difficult time for those grieving the loss of a loved one, and yet they also provide us with an opportunity to remember those we’ve lost and the light that still shines in our hearts in remembrance.
If you are a caregiver of a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia, you know firsthand the debilitating impact caused by this disease.
As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, it leaves families struggling to find ways to manage both the physical and emotional tolls. As the number of people living with this disease climbs higher every day, it is important for family caregivers to know about hospice and when someone with Alzheimer’s might be eligible.