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Talking to aging parents about caregivers

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WISCONSIN (WKOW) -- It's estimated there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.  Those numbers mean many people across the country are sitting down and having difficult conversations with aging or critically ill parents.

Darcey Nett, owner of Always Best Care in Madison, stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to share her insight into how to approach those difficult talks.  She recommends doing it slowly, touching on just one issue at a time.  Perhaps you begin with estate planning, she suggests then, at a later date discuss what form of care may be best.

Nett says many people are surprised at the wide range of services available.  A nursing home is no longer the only option, she says.  Improved camera technology and devices like LifeAlert are allowing many people to retain their independence and live at home.  In home care is another option.

Always Best Care and members of the Madison community are trying to raise awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia, and about the care options currently available.  The created a video, featuring more than 100 people wearing purple gloves in homage to the official color of Alzheimer's and other dementia. This is something that affects entire families Nett says, so it's important for everyone to be knowledgeable about the diseases and why it's important to bolster research efforts.

"Caregivers—whether they are family members or employed—dedicate a lot of time and energy to individuals with Alzheimer's," Nett says.  "So recognizing their efforts in the fight against Alzheimer's was important as well."

To view this video, visit YouTube (http://youtu.be/DEbr0N_YMnc). If you would like to learn more about how you can help the fight against Alzheimer's and other dementia, visit www.alzwisc.org or www.alz.org/scwisc.

 

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