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Hearing Limitations and Alzheimer’s: The Challenges in Providing Support

Alzheimer’s Care in Mansfield OH

It’s not going to be easy when an aging loved one, whether it’s your spouse, parent, sibling, or somebody else, is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. You and other people in your family may have suspected something was going on for a year or two, but nothing really prepares you to hear those words: Alzheimer’s disease.Alzheimer’s-Care-in-Mansfield-OH

When that elderly individual is also dealing with other health challenges, including vision or hearing related problems, it can compound the issues he or she might face in the future.

For somebody with any form of dementia, hearing loss can exacerbate the very signs and symptoms of the disease. That’s because hearing loss can be misconstrued as some aspect or symptom of the disease itself.

For example, if that senior who is dealing with the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t seem to recall instructions or information a family member or even their doctor provided to them just the day before, it can be frustrating, sure, but it can also be a symptom of the disease itself.

However, it could also be that they simply didn’t hear what was said to them. It’s a good idea for family members to be acutely aware of any potential hearing or vision related problems and if they suspect something, encourage them to visit their health care provider for proper diagnostic.

They may have difficulty following conversations.

A person with Alzheimer’s may not smile or even laugh at what seems to be appropriate times, but they may be emulating the people around them. They may not have a clue what is being talked about at the time.

For somebody who has known hearing loss, it’s important that a family member or friend verify what they’re talking about and make sure the senior understands explicitly whatever is being told to them.

They might not recall instructions.

It’s okay to offer instructions about things they need to do. Depending on the stage they are at with regard to Alzheimer’s disease, they may need constant reminders for not just basic daily living tasks, but taking medications, exercising, and doing certain things around the house.

It would be beneficial to verify with them what the instructions are. In other words, have them repeat back what is expected of them at this time. If they forget later on, that can certainly be attributed to the symptoms of the disease, but at least you would know it’s not hearing related.

The best thing for anyone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, whether they have hearing loss or vision related problems is to find professional home care support services.

If you are considering hiring Alzheimer’s care in Mansfield, Ohio, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.

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Tracy Clark

Tracy Clark

Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.
Tracy Clark

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