How much does your own family really understand about Alzheimer’s disease? If your own mother has recently been diagnosed with this disease, you may be learning a lot as you go along supporting her. Many people simply don’t know very much about Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia until either they have been diagnosed with it or a loved one is and they begin supporting them.
The most significant sign and symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
Memory loss is the most significant signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. However, it’s not the only one. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease and while there is no cure for it, an individual can still expect to live with a relatively high quality of life for several years.
In fact, the average life expectancy for somebody upon diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is between eight and 10 years (Alzheimer’s Association).
As the disease progresses, it attacks the brain. That causes memory related issues and it can also pose a number of other challenges, including a change in temperament, physical capabilities, and much more.
The best first step when somebody has a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is to learn as much as possible about the disease, the various stages it will go through, and what the best support is.
For example, relying on an experienced home care aide may not seem necessary when a person is first diagnosed with this or some other form of dementia, but it can be extremely beneficial as they move through the various stages.
That’s because experienced caregivers will often encourage their clients to work on routines and even encourage them to stay mentally active. It’s easy to assume mental stimulation is no longer important because they have already been diagnosed with what is essentially a terminal disease.
However, there are research studies that indicate mental stimulation early in the progression of this disease can actually delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation). Those delays could be weeks, months, and possibly even years, and of course there is no guarantee.
The more information people gather about Alzheimer’s, and the more they share it with loved ones, the easier it becomes to not just provide optimal support, but to also offer assistance to those who may be taking on the role of a family caregiver.
You can share this information by having a family meeting, making phone calls, and keeping them updated on how your mother is doing, if there are certain interests she has developed recently, and any challenges you may be facing providing support for her.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional Alzheimer’s care in Montauk, NY, call the caring staff at Artful Home Care today at 631-685-5001.
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