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Unexpected Challenges Facing Veterans with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in St. Louis, MO – January is Financial Wellness Month: Your Elderly Loved One with Alzheimer’s May Need Help Getting Finances in Order

Alzheimer's Care in St. Louis, MOThe first time Mary noticed something different about her father, it was about three years ago. She had called him one day and wanted to visit. They made arrangements for her to stop by the next day and they would go out for lunch. When she showed up her father was completely confused. He was still in his pajamas and had no idea what she was talking about.

She helped him make an appointment with his doctor and after a series of tests it was determined that he had Alzheimer’s. The symptoms had been building for some time, but Mary hadn’t really been paying attention because she only talked to her father once in a while. It wasn’t because they were close; it was because raising children, working two jobs, and having other responsibilities took far too much time.

At first, the doctor told Mary and her father that he would be okay on his own for a while, but eventually he was going to need professional Alzheimer’s care. The doctor mentioned that this could be done with the support of home care aides or he could be moved to an assisted living community or some other location where people would be on call around-the-clock to help him.

He was determined to remain at home for the rest of his life, if at all possible. Mary was more than happy to support him in that. She rearranged her schedule and got support from her family to stop by his house more often to check on him, take him shopping, and make sure everything was okay at the house.

One day she noticed his checkbook was out and there were a number of checks for various quantities that had been noted in his checkbook, but he hadn’t written down to whom the payments went. She asked him about it and he cannot recall anything about what those checks were for.

Mary sat down with his stack of bills and tried to figure out what he was writing checks for. She couldn’t find any amounts on his utility bills that matched the amounts that were paid out. She finally had to contact the bank with him on the phone and determine what he’d been paying with those checks.

It turned out that Mary’s father had been writing the wrong amounts to pay his bills. A couple of the checks had been sent back because he filled out information in the wrong places.

January is Financial Wellness Month and for Mary, stepping up and helping her father at least manage his finances was an important step in the Alzheimer’s care process. It also opened the door to discuss the prospect of hiring a professional Alzheimer’s care provider now, rather than waiting too long. She managed to convince her father that this was the best option and the quality of his life improved significantly as a result.

For more information about Alzheimer’s Care for Veterans, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.

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Bonnie Laiderman

Bonnie Laiderman, founder and president of Veterans Home Care®, has helped more than 13,000 veterans and their spouses receive in-home care through the unique VetAssist® Program. Started in 2003 as a one woman operation, Bonnie has overseen the growth of the company to appear on Inc. Magazine's national list of 5000 fastest growing companies and to become the industry leader.

Now with offices from coast to coast and a network of more than 2,400 home care providers, Veterans Home Care serves our veterans in 44 states throughout the country.

In addition to growing Veterans Home Care to become the largest provider of its kind, Bonnie is a member of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle, a national society of women leaders. Bonnie also serves as Chairperson for the American Red Cross Service Armed Forces Committee.