This wasn’t supposed to happen. You still can’t believe it. You and your spouse, married for more than 40 or 50 years, were enjoying your retirement. You had started traveling, pursuing certain activities you had put off until this time in your life, but you both noticed something was wrong.
It usually starts out slow.
When a person is developing dementia, which can include Alzheimer’s, they often begin exhibiting memory loss that affects daily life. Perhaps these were subtle signs you picked up on a year or two ago but either didn’t think much about it at the time (aside from the natural process of aging) or because you didn’t want to know what’s really going on.
Your spouse started using the wrong word, not even realizing it during normal conversation. Maybe she was starting to forget about things that were cooking in the kitchen. Perhaps he forgot about appointments that were important. These little things can be easily dismissed as basic senility or getting older, but they can also be the earliest indicators of Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia.
It’s important that people be diagnosed as early as possible because that can provide them better support and options that could be instrumental at maintaining a high quality of life for as long as possible.
Here are a few tips for those who may now be dealing with the reality of the diagnosis of dementia.
Tip #1: Talk about home care.
This is the best option to consider. Yes, the spouse was to be there for his or her husband or wife, but as people get older the challenges physically, emotionally, and even mentally can become exacerbated. By relying on friends and other family, including adult children, it might offer comfort, but experienced home care aides usually have a number of strategies that can be effective at providing comfort and maintaining a high quality of life for years to come.
Tip #2: Set reminders.
Because memory loss is happening, it can be frustrating. Instead of missing appointments or conversations or phone calls, use a calendar and keep checking it frequently. These little reminders can help that individual, that aging senior, avoid some unnecessary stress and anxiety.
Tip #3: Establish limits.
No matter whether it’s a spouse, parent, friend, sibling, or somebody else who you’re looking after, establish limits on your time, energy, and attention. If you don’t, you will likely push yourself up to and will be on those limits and that will increase stress, not only for you personally but also in your relationships.
Tip #4: Have someone to talk to.
It’s absolutely essential that you have people to whom you can speak. You’ll need to vent frustrations, you’ll have plenty of questions, and you can learn a lot from those who have gone through this already.
Across the country there are numerous support groups for men and women and families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
If you or an aging loved one are considering professional Home Care Services in Atoka TN please contact the caring staff at Personal Care Services MidSouth, LLC. Call today! 901-443-1191.
Walter has spent the last five years building PCS MidSouth into a premier Home Care Agency.With three locations in the MidSouth providing services to clients in three states: Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.The company is poise for growth and is expecting to expand its territory in the MidSouth.
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