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Truth Is in the Eye of the Beholder for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Omaha NE

Alzheimer's Care What is truth? This is an age old question that has confounded many philosophers, politicians, and families. When a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the line between truth, fantasy, and fiction becomes blurred.

How do you deal with these situations?

Here’s an example: Melanie is 52 years old. She’s been working two jobs for more than five years to make ends meet. She’s also been taking care of her elderly mother, Melissa, 83 years old. Her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s four years previously and Melanie never thought twice about being her primary family caregiver.

She felt it was her responsibility. She did whatever she could to help, and as the years began to progress, the challenges increased. She was dealing with so much stress and anxiety that it began to affect her ability to work effectively.

One afternoon when Melanie had an hour and a half between jobs, she stopped by her mother’s house to check in on her. She became more and more concerned about her mother’s safety as she got older. When she arrived, her mother immediately began ‘laying into her” about having taken some jewelry.

Now, Melanie was no thief.

She never took anything that didn’t belong to her. She would never even consider stealing from her mother. No one else was going over to help her mother out. This was a one-person operation to provide care and support for her.
She was thrown off balance and didn’t know how to respond. She defended herself and said there was no way she took anything, and that the items were probably somewhere else.

In that moment, for Melissa, the truth was that she looked for some particular item and it wasn’t where she expected to see it. For Melanie, the truth was that she had no idea what could be going on and was actually offended to have been accused by her mother.

The Alzheimer’s could very well have been affecting Melissa a lot more on that particular day, making her assume that an item she was looking for, that she knew had to be in the house, had been taken. The reality could have been she gave it away, sold it, or lost it many years ago, but in her mind it is all those years earlier.

Truth can be a difficult thing to deal with when supporting somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. That’s why it’s such a good idea to consider relying on experienced home care support instead of trying to be the only family caregiver.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Omaha, NE, please contact the caring staff at Seniors Helping Seniors® Greater Omaha at (402) 215-0308 today.

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Denise Moser

Denise Moser is the Executive Director at Seniors Helping Seniors® Greater Omaha.Born and raised in Omaha, she is working to give the community something her family didn’t have access to while growing up – affordable in-home care services for older loved ones.She is dedicated to helping families by providing the support needed to keep aging loved ones in their homes for as long as possible.Seniors Helping Seniors® provides companion and homemaker services to seniors who want to age in place by matching seniors who need help with seniors who want to help.Denise’s office serves the Greater Omaha area.