Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. That means the signs and symptoms of it are going to become more significant each passing year. While adequate support can be highly effective at maintaining quality of life and encouraging the senior to stay motivated, when family is the primary support, the challenges they face will increase.
It’s important to plan ahead.
Planning ahead means being aware that Alzheimer’s will progress through various stages. When people understand this, they should begin planning as early as possible about what steps to take in the future.
What are some of the right steps to take?
First and foremost, it is absolutely essential to be aware that experienced care makes a significant difference to quality of life and safety for somebody dealing with Alzheimer’s. While a spouse, adult child, or other family member might have the best interest of the senior at heart, if they have no prior experience with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia, they could overlook some important steps.
Developing a routine, for example, can be highly effective.
When a person is first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they should begin focusing on mentally stimulating activities and routines. While many people understand staying mentally active can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, even after a person has been diagnosed with this disease it can help.
Some studies have shown that mental stimulation can slow the progress of more significant aspects of memory loss (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation).
When people begin developing a routine and they do the same thing at the same time of day, day after day, week after week, month of the month, year after year, it eventually becomes a habit. When a person is dealing with advancing memory loss and suddenly seems confused and agitated, that routine, even done in the middle of the afternoon when it is normally completed in the morning, can offer comfort.
As people readily begin to see, when Alzheimer’s progresses, it’s important to take appropriate steps to ensure the senior and their family and support system are safe and have the best resources available.
The best way to go about that is to rely on an experienced home care provider. A home care aide who works for an agency and has been working with other senior clients diagnosed with this or some other form of dementia can be an invaluable asset in the years to come.
If you are considering hiring Alzheimer’s care in Ashland, 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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