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Dealing with Confusion Caused by Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a disease that affects the brain. It will ultimately degrade memory, cause physical challenges, and the average life expectancy for somebody upon diagnosis is between eight and 10 years (Alzheimer’s Association). Most people will have been exhibiting some of the earliest signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease for one to two years before diagnosis, and while some people have lived a lot longer with the disease, it’s important to have adequate support.

Alzheimer's Care in Clark NJ: Dealing with Confusion

Alzheimer’s Care in Clark NJ: Dealing with Confusion

Confusion will happen.

Since there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s, the memory loss a person experiences early on, shortly after diagnosis, will progressively get worse. It will lead to moments when the senior is completely confused about his or her surroundings. They may be confused about who these men and women are supporting them. It could even be their own children and, even though they know they should recognize them, there may be moments when they simply can’t.

This confusion can lead to anxiety.

Think about it this way: most people have misplaced something they absolutely needed, especially in a hurry, and they can’t figure out what they did with it. It could have been the car keys and they were already running late for an important meeting at work. If they can’t get those car keys located, what’s going to happen?

They are confused. They were convinced they knew where the keys were, but no matter what they did, no matter how many couch cushions they lifted, no matter how many cupboards they looked behind, they couldn’t find them. That confusion can quickly lead to frustration and anxiety.

Now, imagine that level of confusion on a much broader scale. Imagine not recognizing one’s own house, even if they’ve lived in the same place for years. Imagine feeling completely frightened because they know they should recognize this person helping them, but they can’t.

Confusion can lead to anxiety which can lead to physical and verbal aggression. When people are anxious and scared, they will lash out. When somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, physical and verbal aggressive tendencies may increase. That’s why it’s so important to deal with confusion as early as possible.

A routine can help.

When people develop routines, they often become habits. Habits are things people tend to do without thinking about them. If a senior with Alzheimer’s is suddenly confused and getting anxious about their circumstances and surroundings, if they are guided into this routine, even if it’s several hours ahead of schedule, it could potentially provide comfort and reduce anxiety and stress.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Alzheimer’s care in Clark, NJ, call the caring staff at Helping Hands Home Care today at 908-418-4299. Providing Home Care Services in all of Northern and Central NJ, including Clark, Westfield, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Rahway, Linden, Summit, Edison, Elizabeth, Mountainside and the surrounding areas.

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Robert D'Arienzo

After graduating from Seton Hall University with a BS in finance Helping Hands Homecare’s Owner / President, Robert D’Arienzo, went to work on Wall St. for six years. However, after Robert’s grandmother became ill with stomach cancer Robert and his family needed to find assistance in the home for her. After many trials and tribulations Robert could see that there was a great need for quality home care services here in NJ and loved the idea of being able to assist other families who were going through what his family went through with his beloved grandmother.

Thus, Robert had found his passion. After almost a year of preparation Robert opened Helping Hands Homecare in 2003. Robert wanted Helping Hands Homecare to focus on providing the highest quality of caregivers, exceptional customer service, and providing a service that familys could depend on in their time of need. Since then Helping Hands has assisted hundreds of individuals with the simplest of needs to more complex cases while preserving those standards set out many years ago.

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