If somebody in your life has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, this could very well be the first direct experience you have with this or any other type of dementia. You will be faced with numerous questions, fears, anxieties, and concerns about the future. You certainly want this person to be comfortable and maybe feel sorry for them, but it’s important to learn as much as possible about the disease, how it progresses, and what may occur in the years ahead.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease.
As you might very well know now, the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease will become much more challenging. In the beginning, the most significant symptom is memory loss that starts to affect daily life.
An aging person might forget an appointment with their doctor. They may struggle to remember a conversation they just had with you the previous day. They might even start using the wrong word at times in casual conversation, never realizing they said car when they meant to say book.
While these things can be frustrating, they pale in comparison to what will happen in the middle and later stages of the disease. This person may completely forget where they are, not recognize their surroundings, and may have no clue who you are, whether they’ve been married to you for 50 years or more, you’re their child, or one of their best friends.
When the stress and pressure of memory loss becomes intense, it can lead to incredibly odd behaviors. It can lead to verbal and physical aggression towards the people who mean the world to them.
The more you learn and know about Alzheimer’s as early as possible, the more you might be up to help provide a foundation that can improve quality of life and support in the future. For example, maybe you didn’t realize it, but mental stimulation during the earliest stages of the disease has the potential to delay more serious components of memory loss for some length of time (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation). It might only be a few weeks or months, but that’s better than nothing.
Reading a book, writing in a journal, looking through old photo albums and remembering what they did on those trips and in those moments, and even playing strategic thinking games or doing the crossword puzzle can all be beneficial. Not only can they bring some enjoyment to this senior’s life, these simple activities could pay positive dividends in the form of more comfort and less anxiety in the future.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Marlton, 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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