How often do you worry about the future? Most of us get caught up in the general fears and anxieties that everyday life throws our way. It could be a financial crisis, losing a job and suddenly find yourself struggling to keep up with the mortgage payments. It might be a health related issue, either for yourself or somebody in your family. When we are constantly focused on these stresses and anxieties, we may have a tendency to miss out on the gifts that life presents to us on a regular basis.
This could certainly be true when somebody is dealing with Alzheimer’s.
It could be a grandparent, parent, spouse, sibling, or somebody else in your family who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The various signs and symptoms can be difficult to handle, especially the thought this person might wake up one morning and no longer recognize you.
When a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the most common thing people focus on is what will happen in the months and years ahead? In other words, will they remember me? Will they suddenly become belligerent and hostile toward me? Am I going to have to give up my own life to take care of them? If so, how long will this go on for?
Many families step up to be primary caregivers.
Adult children and spouses are the most likely candidates to take on the role of a caregiver for this individual. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, but more often than not these men and women undergo a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety just getting through each day, without even considering what will happen in the years ahead.
The daily rigors of life can suddenly overwhelm everything else.
You suddenly stop going to the gym, spending time with your friends, or even working. You may become so stressed and anxious for each day that you totally miss the little joys in life that happen all the time.
If you truly want to spend as much quality time with this aging senior who is now dealing with Alzheimer’s, plan ahead. Discuss the prospect of experienced and qualified home care support services. You can still be a caregiver, but with an experienced home care aide, you may learn great strategies that could be beneficial for this senior in the years ahead.
With the support of a home care aide, you’ll be in a better position to experience the gifts that life offers, even though you may have otherwise focused on the stress.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Holmdel Township, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Lares Home Care 888-492-3538 or 732-566-1112.
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