Alzheimer’s can significantly affect many people, not just the person who has been diagnosed with this form of dementia. When a family member has been diagnosed, it may not come as a complete shock because the earliest signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can begin to affect daily life.
Once that person has been diagnosed, though, it’s important for not just the senior but their support system to maintain a good balance in life as well as the care that is required.
How much do you know about Alzheimer’s disease?
If you’re planning to be the primary caregiver for this individual, whether it’s your spouse, parent, or other family member, if you only have limited information and knowledge about the disease, it’s essential that you learn as much as you can now.
The things that you support and encourage the senior to do now can actually pay dividends in the future. For example, some research indicates that mental stimulation early in the disease is progression can actually help delay the onset of more significant memory loss in the future (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation). It will not prevent it because there’s no cure for the disease yet, but if you’re able to delay memory loss from getting worse by a few months or even a couple of years, wouldn’t you do it?
That’s why it’s so important to learn as much as you can about this disease so you give your loved one the greatest chance to maintain a high quality of life.
You may have very limited time.
You might be a working professional. You may be raising children of your own. You might have a number of other responsibilities in life. Whatever you have going on, you need to acknowledge your own limitations.
Many family members believe it’s their responsibility to give up whatever else you have going on to take care of this loved one, but there are better alternatives.
Relying on homecare can help.
The more you know about Alzheimer’s disease and what the senior wants for his or her future, the more you begin to realize an experienced homecare aide is a great option to consider. The more experience somebody has working with other seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the more likely they understand the benefits of routine, mental stimulation, and proper support.
When you rely on homecare support services, it becomes easier for you and that senior and other family members to maintain that all-important balance in life.