Dealing with Alzheimer’s is not easy. A spouse or another family member may feel it’s their responsibility to look after a senior loved one with dementia, but the challenges they face are probably going to be far greater than they can imagine.
There are usually numerous concerns families have, not just about their loved one, but about the various signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease as the years pass. Here are some of the most common concerns some families have and what can be done about it.
Erratic behavior can certainly be a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. If a family member is exhibiting certain erratic behavior and they haven’t been diagnosed with this or any other form of dementia yet, have they been to the doctor recently? If not, it’s time that they consider going.
Erratic behavior can encompass many things, including using the wrong word at times, getting agitated, yelling at somebody for no seemingly apparent reason, and more. As the disease progresses, the risk of erratic and even potentially harmful behaviors can increase.
Changing a will.
While adult children and other family members may not have any clue their loved one changed the will, this can happen. People with dementia may be inclined to make legal provisions that don’t make sense. A lawyer should be aware of the mental state of mind of their client to ensure they are of sound mind and not being manipulated by another family member or friend, but that doesn’t always happen.
If the senior has stated he or she recently changed their will, it could be something to sit down and discuss and find out why. There may very well be a legitimate reason for it, but while they are still lucid and cogent and can make reasonable decisions for themselves, it should be made clear to everyone else why these wishes are now in place. That can help derail any legal issues in the future.
As the disease progresses it can affect many behavioral aspects. It can lead to verbal and physical aggression. This belligerence may seem directly aimed at specific family members or friends, but it is usually only the result of the disease and its effect on the brain.
Family and friends need to be emotionally disconnected from these situations. It’s one reason why hiring an experienced home care aide would be a better idea than trying to provide direct care and support for this senior.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Ralston, NE, please contact the caring staff at Seniors Helping Seniors® Greater Omaha at (402) 215-0308 today.
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