Perhaps you have a family member, such as your elderly father, who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Maybe he’s exhibiting certain signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia and you’re concerned about his health, safety, and well-being.
In the beginning, the symptoms are relatively tempered.
Memory loss will most likely be impacting daily life. He might have difficulty keeping track of conversations. He might forget appointments. He may put items down, walk away, and completely forget where he put them.
Some of these memory related issues also seem commonplace for those who are under a tremendous amount of stress and pressure, whether due to financial situations, work related deadlines, and more. However, the consistency of the memory loss will be noticeable and that’s when it’s essential that he get to his primary care physician for proper diagnosis. Only a licensed medical professional can diagnose Alzheimer’s and the sooner your father is formally diagnosed, the sooner he and the rest of your family can begin planning for the future.
Things may seem fine right now.
Your father may be able to take care of himself well enough at the moment. He may only need a few basic reminders for certain things, but is physically and, for the most part, otherwise mentally capable of taking care of himself and being safe.
However, that will not stay the same.
Things will change. The memory loss will begin to be more pronounced. As the disease attacks the brain and the brain cells that control thought, memory, and many health functions, he will begin exhibiting other signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
He might exhibit aggressive tendencies.
He may start yelling at you or whoever else is trying to help him. He may throw things out of frustration. He may be confused about what year it is, where he is living, and even might start talking about visiting friends who passed away decades ago.
These situations can be extremely overwhelming for him and those trying to help him. It can cause anxiety and stress for everyone involved.
It’s important to discuss other options as soon as possible.
Some of these other options include home care support services. At some point in time it may be necessary to rely on the experience of a professional and qualified home care aide. He may also need visiting nurse services.
Don’t wait to discuss these issues. While he is lucid and still cogent, discuss the prospect of long care support services and make sure he understands if he wants to remain at home for as long as possible, home care may very well be the only option to make that happen.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in New Brunswick, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.