BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ever since Donna and John met at work three decades ago, they've had the kind of smooth, comfortable relationship that comes when attraction is accompanied by compatible interests as well as strengths and weaknesses that balance each other. They pictured their senior years as an extension of what Donna Dean calls "this nice, easy life. We didn't see the calamity that was coming." Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/7722131-brookdale-alzheimers-awareness
Brookdale Senior Living, the nation's largest dementia care provider, has created new resources for care partners as part of National Alzheimer's Awareness Month in November. The candid discussion of many of the disease's most difficult challenges includes an up-close look at Donna's and John's lives since he developed dementia. The couple shares on video how following John's diagnosis, they adapted and sustained daily routines, emotional connection and affection. Donna speaks of her uncertainties about how to manage her reactions to behavioral expressions, the adjustment to John's move to a dementia care community and how keeping a journal helped her logistically and emotionally. The company is offering a downloadable "Care Partners Journal" designed for families dealing with a dementia diagnosis. It purposely uses the phrase "care partner" rather than "caregiver" to demonstrate that the disease is an experience shared by the people living with the disease and their loved ones. Additional resources include informational documents on difficult-to-discuss topics, such as the impact of dementia on physical intimacy; family conflict over symptoms and care; behavioral expressions that can frustrate; and more.