More millennials are becoming caregivers to loved ones with dementia, causing emotional distress, health problems, and interference with work just as they are launching their own careers and independent lives.
USC co-authors Maria Aranda, Ph.D., William Vega, Ph.D., and Francisca Rodriguez, Ph.D. recently published a study on the topic. Hopefully it will raise awareness, and inspire employers to consider additional flexibility, when appropriate. Download their Dementia Caregiver Report here.
From the 2018 Dementia Caregiver Report on Millennials, by Vega, Aranda, and Rodriguez.
Judith Schwarz, clinical director of End of Life Choices New York and a pioneer in helping people retain control — and dignity — through their last moments in life, challenges us to consider details nobody wants to think about.
Everything gets more complicated when someone has dementia and can’t speak for himself — particularly when he hasn’t made arrangements in advance. Schwarz explains why.
The following New York Times article includes a link to a health directive that will prompt thoughtful answers to questions related to how long you would want to live with severe dementia. Use it. Share it. Talk with people who love you.
Several articles reporting on studies that delve into the health effects of loneliness and social isolation (not always connected, by the way) have appeared in the media. In the New York Times, Jane E. Brody overviewed and updated reports from institutions around the country.
Excerpt: “Being unmarried is a significant risk,” Dr. Holt-Lunstad [psychologist-researcher from Brigham Young University] said, “but not all marriages are happy ones. We have to consider the quality of relationships, not simply their existence or quantity.”