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When Will You Know If Alzheimer’s Is Progressing?

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. This means the various signs and symptoms will get more significant in the months and years ahead. It essentially progresses through various stages, including the middle and later stages where home care support and more around-the-clock care will absolutely be necessary.

Alzheimer's Care in Thornhill Canada: Disease Progression

Alzheimer’s Care in Thornhill Canada: Disease Progression

Some families take a ‘wait and see’ approach.

They understand things are going to get more challenging. They may not have any direct experience with the various signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, but they can get a general sense not just from the senior’s doctor, but also the Internet, which can be a vast bastion of information and other resources.

So how will you know if Alzheimer’s is now progressing?

This and other forms of dementia will always be progressing. Most people, when they are supporting this senior daily, won’t be aware of the subtle changes. It’s the same effect as when you look in the mirror and don’t really notice changes happening in your own reflection, or that you’re physically not capable of doing the same things you did in your 20s when you are now in your 60s. You don’t feel the things happening in those smaller increments, mostly because you are surrounded by yourself every single moment of the day.

However, a friend or other family who hasn’t seen this senior in months or even a year or more could provide a better perspective on how different things are now than they were the last time they visited.

Rely on these observations.

It’s a good idea to pay attention to those individuals. You might assume everything is going okay and simply don’t want to hear the ‘bad news,’ or you don’t take their perspective into account because they’re not the one working tirelessly to support this individual, but that perspective could be important at helping you determine when things are really changing.

Always realize home care is a great idea.

Many people only think about home care for somebody with Alzheimer’s when the disease progressed to the point of causing extreme confusion and anxiety, physical disabilities, and so on. In reality, though, a home care aide who has a great deal of experience working with other clients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can offer great perspectives. They can also answer questions, offer support, and help develop viable strategies that offer comfort and help to improve quality of life for this elderly family member who is dealing with the direct impact of Alzheimer’s.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Thornhill, Canada, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.

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