In a lot of situations in life, there are lessons to be learned. When a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s incredibly easy to want to step up and be there for them. It could be a parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, or somebody else a person cares about tremendously, but what most people fail to realize is just how impactful this is going to be for the caregiver and possibly even the senior.
There are plenty of life lessons that people learn throughout many aspects of daily life. Here are just a few to consider when stepping into the realm of looking after and caring for an aging loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.
Life Lesson #1: Knowing when to ask for help.
Asking for assistance is one of the most difficult things for many people to do. They assume that can keep doing things on their own, or that they should be able to do this for their parent or other loved one, especially since they live in the neighborhood.
Supporting the senior especially somebody who is dealing with a form of dementia like Alzheimer’s, is going to be taxing. It’s going to be overwhelming. It doesn’t matter how close the relationship is between the two; there will come a time when assistance is needed and that can help somebody realize that they should learn to ask for help more frequently as they get older, too.
Life Lesson #2: It can happen to anyone.
Many people who end up with a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s never thought this was going to happen. They assume everything was going to be fine, that the memory loss was just the natural process of aging, but this disease can affect anyone.
There are steps people can take to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, but just because there’s no family history of this disease doesn’t mean people are immune.
Life Lesson #3: Early routines can help.
Developing a routine early on when a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may provide some comfort in the years ahead. This routine, when done consistently, will develop into a habit and if somebody is anxious and nervous, confused because they don’t recognize anything or anyone around them, can provide them comfort, derailing aggressive tendencies and further anxiety.
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