Trying to find the words to say to someone you love who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is not likely going to be easy. Even though you may have recognized some of the earliest signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s for the past year or two, hearing those words from their doctor is likely still a blow to your life.
You want to help this person. You want to be the right kind of support. However, what can you say? Is there anything you can actually do that’s going to make any difference in the world to them at this moment?
They might need time, of course, and while you all are trying to cope with this new reality, gathering as much information as you can about the disease can be valuable later on. Below are also three steps you might be able to take starting now that can help this senior begin coping better.
Step #1: Talk about hired help.
The more experience a person has supporting aging seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the more likely they’ve developed some great skills and strategies to improve safety, comfort, and quality of life.
Many home care agencies have highly dedicated, compassionate, and experienced caregivers ready to step in and provide whatever support is necessary at that time. Even though this senior may seem physically capable of doing everything himself or herself, the sooner they begin working with a consistent caregiver, the better it’s going to be in the years ahead.
Step #2: Practice patience.
Make no mistake, the years ahead are going to be challenging. You will be met with circumstances that test your patience to the limit. This elderly senior, even if it’s your loving, caring, compassionate mother who has never uttered a vile word or shouted in anger might begin doing those very things.
It will be completely surprising, even if you read about it and have prepared yourself for it. Nothing can prepare you for actually experiencing it firsthand. These shocks can cause anyone to lash out in response. When you’re hurt, you want the other person to hurt. Yet, these are the moments when patience is the most important characteristic.
Step #3: Develop memory related activities.
There is research indicating memory stimulation early can help delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss, at least for a while when somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation). Memory related activities can include playing strategic thinking games, doing a crossword puzzle, reading, or even journaling.
Helping that senior understand these activities serve a purpose and encouraging them to remain consistent with them may just pay dividends in the years to come.
If you or an aging loved one needs Alzheimer’s care in Davis, CA, remember Senior Home Care Services. Call us at (916) 514-7006 for more information.
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