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October 22, 2018

Five Tasks for a Senior After an Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis

Once a doctor diagnoses someone with Alzheimer’s disease, there may be quite a bit of chaos. If the entire family can start working together to find solutions, life can feel a little less overwhelming.

Sort out Who Will Be the Primary Caregiver

It’s helpful at this point to determine who the primary family caregiver will be, if there is someone who can fill that role. Having a caregiver is so important because that person can serve as an advocate, head of the support system, and manager of details large and small. Caregivers won’t necessarily be responsible for much at first, but they’ll be invaluable later.

Consider Home Care Support

It’s never too early to start experiencing the assistance of home care providers. They can help aging adults with Alzheimer’s disease to learn what helps them the most and to handle daily tasks as those become more difficult. Accepting help now gives seniors with Alzheimer’s the opportunity to enjoy the time that they have left and put their energy where it matters most.

Consider a Personal Alert System

Personal alert systems are wearable devices that can connect an aging adult immediately with someone that can help them. Some of these devices are standalone items while others can connect with a home alarm system that includes help for fires and break-ins as well. These types of small wearable devices offer a lot of protection and usually don’t require much in the way of maintenance.

Determine if Other Therapies Might Help

Sometimes additional therapies and treatments can be helpful. Some of those might include occupational therapy. This is a type of therapy in which the therapist gives the patient help in maintaining independent living. Home care providers can help aging adults with Alzheimer’s disease to implement what they learn on a daily basis.

Join a Support Group

People newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease can benefit greatly from joining support groups. These groups are typically made up of people who have Alzheimer’s disease and the people who love them. There’s a lot to glean from other people who have been dealing with the same disease. As the illness progresses, there’s even more to learn from other members of a support group who have been there before.

It’s possible to continue to live a full and happy life after an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. Aging adults who have a strong support system are much more likely to have success with their endeavors and a plan can help them to build that support system.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Waukegan IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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