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Why Your ‘Multitasking’ Could Actually Be a Risk for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Are you one of those people who claims to be able to multitask? Science has actually shown that we don’t ‘multitask,’ at least not in the way we assume. Sure, there are many things we can do at the same time as others, such as walking and chewing gum (but those are so ingrained we don’t need any conscious thought to do them). However, if you’re watching TV, working on a computer, reading a book, and also trying to clean the house, you might feel as though you’re multitasking, but that’s not the case.

Alzheimer's Care in West Paterson NJ: Multitasking and Safety Risks

Alzheimer’s Care in West Paterson NJ: Multitasking and Safety Risks

What’s actually happening is your brain is paying attention to one thing for a few moments, then switching to the other. It may be happening incredibly quick, but there are going to be times when you lose focus, don’t pay full attention to what you’re doing, and make mistakes. If somebody with Alzheimer’s is relying on you and you believe you’re multitasking to make the most of your day, it could actually putting them and you at risk.

What’s the worst thing that could happen?

The reason why this person -perhaps a spouse or parent- is relying on you is because they’ve been diagnosed with a serious disease. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s and even though life expectancy, on average, is between eight and 10 years (Alzheimer’s Association), there are going to be extreme challenges they face early on.

They might have trouble remembering things. This person might be a risk to be left alone. They may have tried to cook a meal and forgotten what was on the stove. They may have left the room and completely forgotten they were even hungry.

While you want to do this to keep them safe, what if your multitasking is causing you to lose focus on more important issues? What if you go home at the end of a long day, completely worn out and tired, and just want to crawl into bed? What if, while you’re lying there, you realize you forgot to do something crucial?

Maybe you didn’t turn the heat on. What if you forgot something on the stove? Did you close all the windows and lock the door? What if you left a meatloaf on the counter earlier in the afternoon? What if after all this time the aging senior with Alzheimer’s wanders to the kitchen, sees it, and sits down to eat, thinking it’s fresh, healthy, and safe?

If you have so much going on that you feel the need to multitask by doing the laundry, vacuuming, cooking meals, and watching this person with Alzheimer’s, you should consider help. An experienced home care aide is one of the best options to consider. You can still multitask on your own time, but make sure it doesn’t put a person with Alzheimer’s at greater risk.

For Alzheimer’s care in West Paterson, NJ, call ComForCare Home Care at 973-287-4718. Serving Caldwell, Clifton, Montclair, Bloomfield, Nutley, Verona, Little Falls, Cedar Grove, Totowa, Essex Fells, Roseland, Glen Ridge, West Paterson, Fairfield, Passaic, Belleville.

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Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.
Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.

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