In the words of Pauline Boss, PhD, dementia creates a loss “that is unclear; it has no resolution, no closure.” Alzheimer’s and related disorders also create memory and perceptual changes, personality changes, and levels of disability that can wreak havoc with daily life.
When all this is happening to a parent or parents, a busy adult may not get the support he or she needs. For just this reason, JF&CS has created Balancing Act, a monthly group. It’s a place where people juggling work or the care of young families while coping with a parent or parents’ dementia can talk to others who truly get it.
The group met for the first time on January 9 and tackled the sticky subject of extended family and how dementia changes the way people relate to one another. Group members ranged from those with loving, communicative families to those whose parent or other family members had never been loving or supportive. For all, dementia brought changes that reverberated throughout the whole family.
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