If you have a parent who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you might not have the opportunity to visit with him or her very often. It’s not easy to accept this kind of diagnosis, especially given the various perceptions people have about the disease.
Most people have a tendency to think about the final stages.
The average life expectancy for somebody with Alzheimer’s is between eight and 10 years, upon diagnosis. They may have been developing this form of dementia for a couple of years before they went to the doctor for formal diagnosis, but for several of those years, the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s will be relatively tempered. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy.
This elderly person is most likely going to require reminders, support, and encouragement. Keep in mind it is going to be an incredibly stressful and, at times, overwhelming situation to contend with. They’re going to need not just emotional support, but also reminders, encouragement, and love.
When adult children and other family finally get an opportunity to visit with this individual, they may be surprised to see some challenges he or she is facing in their daily routine. These challenges are most likely associated with memory loss, such as having extreme difficulty just keeping track of their medications, what they were doing, or where they were going.
They may also witness extreme frustration and anxiety.
For somebody you care about, seeing them go through this type situation is going to be frustrating for yourself. Talking on the phone is one thing, but seeing these situations arise in real time, firsthand, can be almost overwhelming. You just want to run away and avoid the situation, but you need to confront it.
What can you do to help?
When you see an elderly person with Alzheimer’s struggling with their daily routine, whether or not you live in the same town or across the country, one of the best, most effective things you can do is encourage home care support.
Some people don’t think about home care until the senior is struggling physically.
That might not happen until the later middle stages or the later stages of Alzheimer’s. However, an experienced caregiver, especially somebody who works for an agency and has a great deal of support behind them would have a number of strategies that could provide comfort, relaxation, and a higher quality of life.
Begin talking about home care options and that can be a great step at supporting this older family member dealing with Alzheimer’s.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Havana, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.
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