There are an estimated 5.6 million adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the United States right now (Alzheimer’s Association). That means there are tens of millions of Americans who know a person dealing with this form of dementia. The vast majority of these men and women simply don’t know what to expect and while there is certainly a wealth of information online, direct experience is one of the most formidable teachers.
When someone you know has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s a good idea to sit down and ask some very personal questions of yourself and maybe others in your family or network or friends who may be more than willing to step up and help this individual now and in the years ahead.
Question #1: How much do you really know about Alzheimer’s?
If you only have a tepid understanding about this disease, you might have very little information or expectation with regard to the various signs and symptoms as it progresses. You can certainly do well by researching what might happen in the next few months or years when somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, because the more you know, the easier it will be for you to understand the best way to approach adequate care and support.
Question #2: Will you have the time and energy to devote to this person’s care?
This is not just a question about the immediate future, such as the next few months, but rather several years ahead. You might be more than willing to help an aging parent or even your spouse through the initial stages of Alzheimer’s, but will you be available for them in three or four years, for example, when they need constant reminders, somebody there to make sure they remain safe, and to tend to their personal needs morning, afternoon, and night?
It’s easy to think you can be there right now, but they will require more and more care as time progresses.
Question #3: Do you understand the benefits of routine?
Some of the most experienced home care aides realize how valuable routine can be, especially in the next few years. Having a routine can develop into a habit and that can provide some comfort to a senior dealing with Alzheimer’s and extreme memory loss when they become confused, frustrated, and anxious.
Home care aides are one of the best assets to consider, even though you may assume you will be the one providing primary care during those early months and years.
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