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3 Common Misconceptions Family Caregivers Have about Alzheimer’s, and What Steps You Could Take to Improve Care

Family Caregiver Tips in Indianapolis, IN

Family Caregiver TipsWhen it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, there are numerous misconceptions people have about it. Many people simply assume that a person diagnosed with this disease is essentially receiving a terminal diagnosis. While the average life expectancy of Alzheimer’s is between 8 and 10 years, some people might not live that long while others could live 20 or even more years with it.

For family members to step up to be a caregiver for an elderly loved one who was recently diagnosed with this disease, they may have the best intentions at heart, but without prior experience working with people with the disease, they could make a number of mistakes that can reduce the overall quality of life for the senior and those around them. Here are three of the most common misconceptions many family caregivers have about Alzheimer’s and then we’ll discuss steps you can take to improve their care.

Misconception #1: The senior should avoid activities. By discouraging activities, it is believed the senior will remain safer. After all, somebody who has Alzheimer’s, even though they are in the earlier stages of the disease, may become forgetful and that could put them at risk, right? Wrong. They should always be encouraged to stay as active and involved in life as they want.

Misconception #2: The senior will need to move into a nursing home soon. The truth is that while some may need to rely on assisted living or nursing home care at some point in their life, getting proper in home care now could help them remain comfortable within their own home during the middle and later stages of the disease.

Misconception #3: They can take care of themselves fine now, so they don’t need a professional caregiver. In truth, most people in the earlier stages of the disease can manage their own daily care well enough, but working with an experienced caregiver earlier can reap tremendous benefits later on.

The best step anybody can take is to learn more about professional caregivers, in home care providers who can begin working with the senior now rather than waiting. These experienced caregivers would likely encourage mental stimulation in the form of doing puzzles, playing strategic thinking games, and more. They would also likely encourage physical exercise to help improve circulation and oxygen moving to the brain.

They would also be able to help the senior develop a routine that can become essential during the middle and later stages of the disease at providing comfort for the senior when they experience more significant memory loss.

The professionals at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. Great Care is a non medical in-home care agency providing quality and affordable home care in Indianapolis, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (888) 240-9101 for more information.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com