Connie Skidmore, caregiver and Miles for Memories volunteer joined Tim Collins on the 95.3 WBCK Morning Show to talk about the importance of early detection of Alzheimer's, not only for the patient, but also for the caregiver.

With early detection:

  • The patient can receive the maximum benefit from available treatments – treatments that may provide some relief of symptoms as well as help to maintain a level of independence for a longer period of time.
  • Early detection might also increase the chance of participating in clinical drug trials that help advance research.
  • And maybe most important, you and your loved one will have more time to plan for the future while you can both have some input in decisions that will need to be made.  You can, for instance,
    • Discuss home care options and put together a “care team” of friends and relatives who will be willing to assist when necessary.
    • You can research the care and support services that are available to you.  In- home health care workers, or adult day care could help make it easier for you and your family to live more comfortably with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
    • You can discuss transportation – the loss of driving skills and eventually the driver’s license.
    • You can talk about assisted living options in the event home care is no longer possible – you might even take the opportunity to visit different facilities to see what is available and find a place that will be comfortable to both of you.
    • It’s very important for you to take care of financial and legal matters – making sure power of attorney as well as wills or estate planning are in place.
    • You may also take the time to create a “social” support network.  Social may be the last thing on your mind, but it is, truly, an important component for both you and your loved one.  Remember, if you are not taking the time to allow yourself some time to spend with friends, enjoying events or projects that are just plain fun or relaxing – you cannot be a strong, healthy caregiver.

Don't forget......September 15, 2018 – the annual Community Stroll beginning at 10 am at the Wave in downtown Battle Creek.

Miles for Memories is creating solutions for those impacted by dementia in Calhoun County through movement, programming and research.