It is quite likely that you as the family caregiver have found yourself gradually assuming, month-by month, the role of taking care of your loved one as dementia or other disabling illness has taken hold, and a first encounter with the health care system has left you confused and with a feeling of the system being very impersonal.
When was the last time you left a doctor visit feeling satisfied that your concerns were heard and responded to? Successful communication with your doctor demands effective two-way communication. Here are a few tips to consider:
A legislative hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Aging and Long-Term Care in Sacramento focused attention on strategies to support family caregivers in California. The session looked at future and current caregiver needs and the unique demographic trends that impact this important public health issue. Dr. Moira Fordyce was a key spokesperson. Below is her testimony.
Senator Alquist (now retired) and Members of the Subcommittee:
My mother has Alzheimer's disease and now it looks like my uncle (Mom's brother) may also have it. It's very hard on our family. But even more, I'm getting nervous about my own risk of developing the disease. I'm 39 and am already starting to worry about this. I've heard there is a test you can take to find out if you're going to develop Alzheimer's. How can I find out more about this test?