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Opening the Lines of Communication After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Alzheimer’s Care in Long Island NY

When a loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she may experience grief, denial, anger, and bargaining.  She may even withdraw from those closest to her, including a spouse or Alzheimer’s-Care-in-Long-Island-NYother family members.

Encouraging her to get proper care shortly after receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s may be a top priority for some family members, but if she isn’t communicating, that is going to be an excessively difficult task.

There are things that can be done to help open the lines of communication between the person with Alzheimer’s and those who care about her. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind:

Focus on an activity the senior enjoys.

When a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, so many thoughts will likely be rolling through her mind.  While she might want to give up certain activities, it’s important to encourage her not remain active.  It’s okay to limit them to one or two a week, but avoid eliminating all activities.

Be willing to listen.

Far too many people get caught up in the desire to ensure the safety of a loved one that they forget to actually listen to what she has to say. Seniors have every right to determine the course of their care, even when they have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

While you or other family members are focused on ensuring she is safe, that can cause you and those around you to forget to actually hear what she is trying to tell you.

The senior may have questions about what to expect, the various signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, and more. Actively listening to her questions and concerns will help keep those lines of communication open.

Share meals, if possible.

Sharing a meal with your loved one could open the doorway to conversations about proper Alzheimer’s care.  Instead of forcing the subject, let her guide the way to a meaningful discussion about positive Alzheimer’s care.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Long Island, NY, please contact the caring staff at Family First Home Companions. Serving all of Long Island. Call today: (631) 319-3961

 

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Jennifer Benjamin

Jennifer Benjamin has a Masters degree in Business Administration, a graduate Certificate in Geriatric Care Management, is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and is co-founder of Family First Home Companions. With a background in human resources and business management she helped to build a company that is founded on professionalism, integrity, compassion and know-how.

Jennifer has specialized training in Alzheimer's disease through the Long Island Alzheimer's Association and the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation. She also volunteered her time with the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center of Long Island for 3 years by providing congnitive stimulations to an Alzheimer's patient group.

Jennifer educates the community about elder care and speaks to caregiver support groups, senior centers, and at professional organizations. Topics include home safety, effective strategies for family caregiving, elder care planning, and awareness about elder abuse.

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