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Even the Kindest Souls Can Change with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's Care

Alzheimer’s Care

Mary had always been one of the kindest, sweetest, friendliest women people can meet. Just about everywhere she went she had friends, a smile for them, and made people feel comfortable. When she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, no one expected the kind of changes that would begin developing in her personality.

Within a few years, things started to change.

Her daughter was helping support her for a while, stopping by to look after her, helping her father with various things, and one afternoon she heard Mary say something that was completely out of character. She started cursing and swearing at her father.

Mary started cursing and saying some vile things to her husband. Mary’s daughter didn’t immediately run into the other room to see what was going on, but rather inched her way down the hall, perplexed and completely surprised by the things her mother was saying. She had never heard her mother utter a nasty word in her life and honestly didn’t imagine she knew some of these words.

This was a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease.

It turns out that the way the disease attacks the brain can affect personality. It can completely annihilate inhibitions and barriers that otherwise would have been in place. Mary did not realize she was acting this way. Later on, she would have no recollection of saying anything nasty to her husband or even her daughter who ended up taking the significant brunt of that wrath as well.

How to be prepared and deal with this type of situation.

While this may not happen with everyone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, there is the distinct possibility that behavioral changes occur. Family needs to be prepared for the possibility of that happening.

The best way to have adequate support for somebody in this type of situation is to talk about home care services. If the senior diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is lucid and cogent at certain times, that’s when it would be ideal to sit down and discuss the prospect of hiring a home care aide, visiting nurse, or even a team of caregivers to provide support that he or she would need as well as alleviate the pressure the family is experiencing.

It’s easy to assume somebody who has been kind their whole life will remain that way through the progression of Alzheimer’s, but the way it attacks the brain can create some intensely surprising behaviors.


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Christy Swadkins

Christy Swadkins is the owner of Golden Heart Senior Care serving Summerlin and the Las Vegas area.Her personal and professional background brings a unique and rich quality to the care she provides for her clients.

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.