Grief and Bereavement During the Covid-19 Pandemic
An interview with Landmark social worker Mary Ann Stetz, MSW, LSW
Sometimes, these festive gatherings may highlight the changing health of their loved ones, including signs of dementia.
Families can unexpectedly find themselves in unsettling conversations about memory decline, safety, healthcare and living situations.
These are not easy topics to bring up.
Landmark Health’s in-home doctors treat thousands of patients with varying degrees of dementia – in patients’ own homes – every single day. Our physicians and behavioral health team members expertly coach caregivers in starting the dialogue about dementia diagnosis and lifestyle care.
This healthcare program is fully covered for thousands of patients. Determining if a patient already qualifies for Landmark’s services – for dementia or other chronic conditions – is an easy inquiry through the patient’s insurance company. Simply ask if Landmark Health is an option for your loved one.
Here are a few tips to ease you and your caregiver family into a conversation about dementia diagnosis and care.
If you notice suspected dementia symptoms while visiting loved ones, use the time to assess and take note of what you see.
Trust your gut and the observations of family members who aren’t around as often.
Don’t ignore signs of dementia.
Know when it is a good time to broach the subject.
Enlist a professional to take the emotion out of it.
Stay engaged and loving, and keep communicating.
Check insurance coverage for in-home doctor coverage, in general:
Around 50 million people worldwide have dementia and this number is predicted to triple by 2050, largely driven by an aging population, according to a recent study published by The Lancet.
However, promising research indicates that new medical tests – including a noninvasive eye scan – may detect disease sooner, allowing patients to begin medications and lifestyle changes earlier.
Accepting new realities, moving forward and focusing on activities that bring joy can help loved ones and families continue to find happiness during difficult times of change while still enjoying the holiday season.
The information provided herein is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.