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What Happens When You No Longer Know What to Say to a Senior with Alzheimer’s?

During the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s, it seems as though things are simple. They are simple enough, at least in comparison to the way they’ll be in the years ahead. Whether it’s a spouse or adult child who is supporting this senior diagnosed with dementia, without proper planning, without adequate support, there will likely come a time when he or she struggles to just get through each day.

This disease affects the brain.

The earliest signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s are associated with memory loss. These memory related challenges begin to impact daily life. They might require more reminders, extra patience, and eventually more physical assistance. As the disease continues to progress, it may lead to behavioral changes, such as that senior beginning to say some horrible things to their family and friends.

They might even become physically aggressive.

This physical aggression and even verbal aggression is not typical behavior of many of these men and women, so it has a tendency to catch those family caregivers by surprise. They weren’t expecting these behaviors, and it can hurt physically, emotionally, and even mentally at times. It can reach a point where day after day, no matter how loving, supportive, caring, and positive those caregivers are, the senior is being nothing but negative, abusive, and hurtful.

When you reach a point when you simply no longer know what to say, it’s time for help.

Help should be considered in the form of home care aides. The more experience caregivers have providing assistance to seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia, the more likely they have various strategies that can be implemented and provide some level of comfort, either to the senior, their family, or both.

It’s easy to look at life through rose-colored glasses.

What this means is many of these families, spouses, adult children, siblings, and even friends, may hear about the various symptoms that Alzheimer’s will present in time and think, ‘It’s not going to happen to so-and-so.’ They know this person. They know he or she is a completely friendly, loving, and docile individual. There’s absolutely no way they can envision them hurling insults, accusing people of horrible things, or throwing things to hurt them.

What they don’t understand is the disease itself. It affects the brain. It can cause tremendous confusion and stress and anxiety that all lead to behaviors sometimes way out of character for an individual.

When people reach a point when they no longer know what to say, no longer believe they have the ability to properly care for them, it’s time to consider home care support services.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.

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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.