Alzheimer’s is a vicious little beast. It starts out very subtle at first. The early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are commonly memory related. A person might lose their keys, forget an appointment, or even use the wrong word when talking to friends and family. They may have difficulty keeping track of conversations they had, even just a few hours earlier.
When a person has formally been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it can take time to absorb.
This can feel like a shock. Like any shock to the system, it will take time for that individual to deal with and cope in the proper manner. Like any tragedy, people need to go through the stages of grief at their own pace, in their own way.
When that senior comes around, they should want to remain in control.
Maintaining control of one’s life is usually important to most people. For some seniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia, though, it can feel as though all control has been ripped away from them. As the disease progresses, it’s going to feel even more acute, the wrestle for control.
What can be done?
Even though there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease at the moment, there are things people can do to maintain at least some control of their own life. Making the right decisions as early as possible is essential to maintaining control for as long as possible.
For example, understanding the benefit of hiring an experienced home care aide is vital to this process. It may seem as though a person is giving up even more control of their life by hiring a professional, experienced caregiver, but it’s actually the opposite.
The more experience a person has in supporting seniors dealing with Alzheimer’s, the more likely they will encourage mental stimulation and routine, which can both pay dividends as the disease progresses.
Also, getting involved in life is essential.
It’s easy to hide away, withdraw, and basically give up on life, especially when facing the proverbial barrel of Alzheimer’s disease, but by staying active, becoming involved in life, getting mental stimulation, and taking full advantage of their mental faculty at the moment, it helps them maintain control far longer than they would if they simply gave up.
A person doesn’t have to let Alzheimer’s have its way with them; they can step up, take control of their own life, and maintain their sense of autonomy for as long as possible.
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