Ask the Expert – Avoiding a Crisis: Preparing for Tomorrow, Today

Ask the Expert – Avoiding a Crisis: Preparing for Tomorrow, Today

Elayne Forgie

The Ask the Expert Column appears in the Palm Beach Post every Sunday!

Q – As a caregiver of a memory impaired patient, what can I do today to prepare for tomorrow?

A – Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another memory impairment forces you to start thinking about tomorrow, TODAY.  Whether you loved one has just been diagnosed or you’ve been on this road for a while, the future is something you think about all of the time, and that can be stressful.

I’m a firm believer in doing what you can today to prevent a crisis – physical, financial, psychological, emotional – from occurring tomorrow.  It’s not easy to start talking about some of the things that might occur in the future; and it’s only human nature to put off having difficult conversations or making tough decisions.  But as the primary caregiver, at the end of the day, our failure take action, make plans or implement good decisions, can have negative consequences that not only affect us, but the person we care for.

I’m not saying it’s easy, but you don’t have to do it alone.  If you don’t know where to begin, need some help getting started, or if you would like some guidance and support, feel free to call me personally at 561-588-4545

If you know someone or have a friend who is caring for someone with this disease and you’re not sure what to do. Reach out to us today for information and guidance. To submit your questions to Ask the Expert, send an email to [email protected]