Growing old has many obstacles, from dealing with the long term care insurance costs to managing your finances enough to last your whole retirement. Do not get us wrong, aging is an incredible part of life that should be celebrated. After all, not many people get to experience the privilege of growing old. However, it can be a tough time for anyone when degenerative illnesses and health conditions come to play. One such common condition common among older individuals—although not necessarily part of growing old—is dementia.
Dementia hinders not just the diagnosed individuals but the family members and loved ones, as well. So many of the older individuals diagnosed with the condition worry about one thing: becoming a burden to their family. Finance for Health understands this concern. This is why, in hopes of alleviating some of the stress brought by dementia care, we will be discussing a few ways in which care providers can lessen their load through technology.
Technology has provided so much ease to human beings. You can even say we have become dependent on our devices. After all, how many check their mobile phones first thing in the morning? Some cannot even leave their laptops behind for an entire day. We connect with family members and friends living in different states. Some even find their life partners online. Technology surely has many benefits in our daily lives, and one such benefit that we would like to highlight is how it continues to change the working of dementia care.
According to the World Health Organization, there are 47.5 million cases of dementia worldwide, and 7.7 million new cases are reported every year. With the challenges that come with each instance in mind, technology, and the ease it provides in caring, is certainly valuable.
Independence becomes a big issue among dementia patients because they fear it slowly slipping away as the condition progresses. Luckily, devices, such as medication aids and tracking devices, can help family members ensure their safety and health without being obtrusive. They get to schedule and monitor medication intake, and they get to see what their loved ones are up to without disrupting their routine. Some technological devices also monitor the vitals of the individual, and family members get reports on-the-go.
Remote in-home monitoring systems allow family members to check on their loved ones without being obtrusive. They get to live their lives the way that they want to while ensuring that they receive the proper care.
On top of that, caregivers are also given more room for other facets of their lives. They are allowed time to do other tasks because these devices provide a way for them to monitor their loved ones without being physically present.
Naturally, some family members are hesitant in trusting devices to do some of the work for them. There is something daunting about leaving the wellbeing of a loved one on a machine. However, familiarizing yourself and your loved ones with the tool can certainly remove or lessen the fear.
Finding the right tool may take more than walking into the store or downloading the mobile applications. It can take time and resources to find one that works for your loved one and your family members. However, keep in mind that it is not always about the price. Expensive does not always equate to effective. More often than not, the simple ones work best because it lessens the right of confusion. Find the one that is effective and simple enough for loved ones with dementia to use.
Dementia might strike the ones who least expect it, and this is why preparation is vital. We are all familiar with its devastating effects, and the only way we can lessen the blow is to be prepared. Some choose to plan ahead with long term care insurance. Others choose to take the risk of saving on their own.
What other ways can individuals and families cope with the effects of dementia? Let us know in the comments section, and we’ll feature your answers!