When your father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you and the rest of your family may have had numerous questions. Having no prior experience dealing with this or any other form of dementia, it may have created a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. One thing you knew, though, was that Alzheimer’s was most notable for memory loss.
Right now, though, you are trying to figure out whether it’s the Alzheimer’s signs and symptoms causing him to forget conversations or neglect certain appointments or if something else is going on.
You’ve begun to suspect hearing loss.
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month and if you have begun to suspect that your father is dealing with hearing loss, which could be causing him trouble hearing you, understanding conversations, and ultimately not having any recollection of things you said, it can be difficult to discern between this and some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Sit down and speak to him directly about your concerns.
If he has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the signs and symptoms of this disease are certainly going to be impacting daily life. However, he is likely lucid far more often than not. That means now is the right time to sit down and talk to him about the concerns you’re having.
Explain the impact that memory loss can certainly be having on his ability to recall conversations and instructions his doctor gave him, things you advise him about, and more. Let him know you are concerned about his ability to hear well enough to be able to remember or maximize his ability to remember.
Be supportive and honest.
Don’t try to sugarcoat things. Simply be honest about your concerns, observations, and ask him to weigh in on the situation. He may readily admit he is having difficulty hearing and that is a clear sign he needs to be diagnosed by a hearing specialist.
If he is defensive, denies having any problem with his hearing, and gets frustrated, don’t push the issue too far. You don’t want to cause such anxiety that it leads to some type of outburst. Instead, give him a certain instruction that is easy to understand and follow and then, within a few minutes, ask him to repeat what you said.
If he can’t do it or he refuses, encourage him to visit his doctor for proper diagnosis. Hearing aids can be a tremendous asset for people who are dealing with hearing loss, even those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING IN-HOME ALZHEIMER’S CARE IN LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY 702-800-4616.
Christy has a M.A. degree in Psychology and has worked helping families for over 25 years. She has worked in various settings including social service agencies, nursing homes and schools. Christy's ultimate professional goal is to use her talents and experience to make a difference in the lives of others.
Several years ago Christy's dad started showing signs of Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Her family was faced with emotionally challenging decisions and she realized how difficult this situation can be for families. Christy wanted to use her personal experience to support others who are in the process of taking care of their elderly loved ones.
Christy has developed an exceptional support program for those providing care for elderly family members. Educational information and emotional support is available to help families cope with the stress and physical demands of caring for senior loved ones. It is Christy's philosophy that each stage of life is precious and individuals of all ages need to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.
Christy seeks out Golden Heart team members who demonstrate a nurturing, respectful and professional demeanor.Christy truly appreciates the caregivers who work for Golden Heart and provides them with exceptional educational, emotional and professional support.
Christy is honored to be supporting the families of the Las Vegas valley.