If your mother has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you will likely have a number of questions. You have concerns. You worry about what the future may hold. Perhaps she is living alone. Maybe you live close enough to take care of her. Maybe you live across the country and are trying to convince her to move closer to you so you can be there for her.
One common concern adult children and other family members have is no longer being recognized.
Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that affects the brain. Some of the earliest signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include memory loss. A person, before formal diagnosis, might begin forgetting about appointments, might have trouble keeping track of conversations they recently had, and may even use the wrong word at times without realizing it.
As the disease affects the brain, destroying neural networks, it will steal more and more memory away from the individual. Not everyone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will ultimately forget their children, spouse, or closest friends, but it is likely to occur, at least to some degree.
As your mother deals with the earliest stages of this form of dementia, you may be dreading that moment when you stop over to visit with her and help out and she simply doesn’t know who you are. She may look at you and know she should recognize you, but can’t figure out who you are. These little spurts or temporary moments of extreme memory loss can be difficult on their own, but how will you handle the situation if she cannot break through the fog and remember who you are anymore?
No one wants to see a parent or other senior slip away like that, and while there’s really nothing that can be done to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s, the right support can make a difference.
There are some studies that indicate mental stimulation early on in the disease’s progression can help delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss. This doesn’t mean your mother will remember you or others in her life all the way to the end, but it can prolong quality of life and delay some of those aspects of memory loss.
It’s a good idea to be prepared for those moments, understand that they may very well happen, and temper hopes that this is something you could avoid as much as possible. Hopefully, you don’t have to experience that, but it is a very real possibility with Alzheimer’s.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Moorestown, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC HomeCare Services today at 856-234-8700
Kelly C. McCabe is the co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and isalso a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.
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