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That Long Sunset: How to Make the Most of Alzheimer’s Care

Alzheimer’s Care in Jenkintown, PA – Patience and Trust are the Cornerstones of Quality Alzheimer’s Care

Some people refer to Alzheimer’s disease as the “Long Sunset.” This refers to the fact that Alzheimer’s can be a slow progressing disease that steals memories and mental function from its patients over time. When walking that long Sunset, having the right Alzheimer’s care can make a world of difference not only for the patient but also his or her family.

Making the most of Alzheimer’s care is the responsibility of the patient as well as his or her family. How do we make the most of Alzheimer’s care?

The first thing is to get an experienced caregiver working with the patient as soon as possible. The sooner an Alzheimer’s patient works with an experienced caregiver, the better it is going to be for them because they become familiar with that individual. During those moments when they struggle with their memories, familiarity is going to be important.

The next thing is to encourage various activities that focus on brain stimulation. This refers to encouraging the patient to do puzzles, self-riddles, or even taking part in various math equations. The more exercise the brain gets, the better it’s going to be for the patient over time.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s at this point in time, but keeping the brain active can often help to delay the onset of the more significant memory loss issues the patient will eventually face.

Finally, practicing as much patience as possible is going to promote positive Alzheimer’s care with not only the right care provider, but also the entire family.

Family members need to accept certain realities with regard to this illness. There will be moments when the patient is confused and frustrated. He or she may lash out in anger through that anxiety. They may say or do things that surprise their family members, make them feel less important, or even more frustrated.

Expecting these things can help to increase the level of patience family members have. Also, when the patient is working with the professional, experienced Alzheimer’s care provider, the family should be patient with that process as well.

It takes time to develop trust and build a positive relationship, and there may be times when that relationship is tested.

Trust is certainly important, but so too is helping the patient get the most out of the right level of Alzheimer’s care.

If you or your loved one could benefit from the help of Alzheimer’s care in Jenkintown, PA and the surrounding areas, contact the caregivers at Right at Home East Montgomery and South Bucks Counties, PA. Call (215) 995-2674 for more information.

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Chris Campbell

Chris and Maria Campbell are the owners of Right at Home in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Chris graduated from Rutgers University and received his MBA from Drexel University. He spent 10 years in the Pharmaceutical Sales industry ( 5 years with Bristol Myers and 5 Years Perdue Pharma).

Chris has been married for 26 years to his lovely wife and business partner Maria Campbell, RN. They have 2 boys ages 20 and 25.

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