It’s not easy. Nor, is it going to be. When a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, such as your elderly mother or father, you may have had an idea something was amiss, but even if you did, few things can prepare families for this type of news.
Early on it’s important to not just weather the storm of Alzheimer’s, but to be as prepared as possible for the next wave of storms that will roll in. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease and it will grow more challenging to not just assist that individual but also to maintain a good attitude and a positive mindset through the years ahead.
Allow time to absorb this diagnosis.
For that elderly person and their family members and friends, they will need time to accept this diagnosis. It can be considered a trauma and people will go through various stages of grief to cope with it.
It could take a person a few days, a few hours, a few months, or even up to a year, for example, to actually accept that their loved one has been diagnosed with this form of dementia. Trying to rush them through the process or even getting agitated because they are taking so long to accept this new reality in life is only going to make things more challenging for you and that senior in the future.
Learn about the disease.
Even while still grappling with the reality of this disease it’s a good idea to learn as much as possible about it. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, despite what certain news stories may advertise at different times of the year. It is a progressive disease and the symptoms, most potently memory loss, will become more significant each passing year.
Plan for the future.
While the senior is certainly capable of taking care of themselves for the most part right now, it’s important to focus on the future. Things will change. If the family and the senior wait too long, it may cause them to miss out on a great opportunity to provide comfort, care, and adequate support for that senior when the time comes that they need it.
Talk about home care options.
Family and friends are often there to help their loved one through difficult times. Yes, family and friends will certainly be a valuable asset for Alzheimer’s, but nothing is better than relying on the experience of a home care aide. Discuss this prospect and while the senior may not want to deal with that now, they need to think about it for their future.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in Deer Park, WA, please contact the friendly staff at Love at Home Senior Care, today. Call (509) 204-4088
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