Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may not be a complete shock to a person in their 50s, 60s, or 70s, but it is going to be difficult to accept. A lot of times, before somebody has gone to their doctor for formal diagnosis, they have had concerns about their memory. Memory loss is the most significant symptom of this disease, and sometimes when a person has first been diagnosed with it, they might not think they need much help at all.
A lot of seniors are still capable of taking care of themselves.
When first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, the memory loss may certainly be impacting daily life, but adjustments can be made to help them remember appointments, keep track of conversations, and so on.
Below are three things, though, that a person diagnosed with this or some other form of dementia may benefit from early on, even though they might not think they need it.
Physical and emotional support can be essential for helping people navigate extreme challenges in life. When a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, the support of family, friends, and possibly even experienced caregivers, can be extremely beneficial, not just at the current moment, but in the years ahead.
2. Knowing they’re loved.
Sometimes it’s difficult to feel loved when dealing with some difficult situations, especially the long term prognosis of Alzheimer’s. This is a terminal disease and there is no cure for it. A person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease can expect to live, on average, another 8 to 10 years, but as it progresses, they will lose more and more mental function, more memory, and have extreme difficulties keeping track of things, which can lead to confusion, anxiety, and extreme frustration and fear.
Being reminded about how much they are loved is a powerful way to help people feel more confident in each step they take during the day.
3. A long-term plan.
Just because somebody can take care of themselves now doesn’t mean they will continue to be able to do so in the future. In fact, there will come a time in the next couple of years when physical support and mental reminders become absolutely essential.
Discussing these long-term plans with the senior while he or she is still lucid is extremely beneficial and can allow family and friends to understand exactly what the senior desires, even when they reach a point when they can no longer understand or express themselves clearly.
For Alzheimer’s care in Cherry Hill, NJ, and the surrounding areas, call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 720-0100.
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