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Learning to Adapt When a Parent Is Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Change is never easy, even when it is anticipated or wanted. Even for somebody who has recently received word they were hired by their ‘reach’ employer, the change they are about to undergo will cause stress and anxiety. When an aging parent has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the entire family will feel the impact.

Alzheimer's Care in Cranford NJ: Adapting to the Diagnosis

Alzheimer’s Care in Cranford NJ: Adapting to the Diagnosis

It takes time to adjust, so don’t rush the process.

There might be a number of things they have to go through, but it also may take time for that senior and everyone else in the family to adjust to this new reality of life. Everyone grieves at a different tempo, and a different timeframe, and in their own way. Respect those differences rather than attempting to force everyone to meet the same expectations.

Learn as much as possible about the disease.

There are going to be numerous signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease as it progresses. During the earliest stages of this disease, memory loss will impact daily life, but for the most part many seniors are still able to take care of themselves with only minimal assistance.

It may seem reasonable to assume a spouse or even an adult child who lives in the area is going to be more than enough help for this person for a while, but that will change. The earlier proper care is secured and relied upon consistently, the more it can benefit this aging senior in the months and years ahead.

For example, not many family caregivers really understand the value in staying mentally active or developing routines during those early stages of the disease. They might offer support, comfort, and somebody to talk to for this senior, but as the disease steals more memory, more mental function, it will create more anxiety, confusion, and stress. That can increase the risk of verbal and physical aggression.

Experienced home care aides understand that routine is essential.

When a person develops a routine, whether it’s in the morning, afternoon, at night, or all of the above, and they practice that routine daily, it becomes a habit. What are habits? Those are things people often do without even thinking about them any longer.

So, in five years that senior who suddenly becomes confused and anxious because they just can’t remember where they are, instead of leading to a physical outburst or nasty comments, he or she may be guided into their routine which offers comfort.

Learning to adapt is important, but it’s also essential to realize there is true value in experienced home care support services.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Alzheimer’s care in Cranford, 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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