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Making New Friends Isn’t Easy for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can cause a tremendous amount of fear, anxiety, stress, and concern. In many cases, though, a person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will not exactly be caught by surprise. That’s because the earliest signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, which most typically are associated with memory loss, begin affecting a person for a couple of years before they are formally diagnosed.

Alzheimer's Care in Westchester NY: Making New Friends

Alzheimer’s Care in Westchester NY: Making New Friends

However, hearing that type of diagnosis is never easy. It can lead to a lot of concerns and questions, fears about the future, and more. If somebody has been dealing with this type of dementia, the idea of making new friends is almost laughable.

Even though a senior may be coping with the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, that doesn’t mean they have to give up the notion of making new friends.

Some of their closest friends may no longer be around.

The more emotional support somebody has when dealing with this type of disease, the easier it’s going to be for them to cope in a positive and healthy manner. This senior may have witnessed their friends and other loved ones passing away before them or even moving in with family and friends in other states across the country.

They may feel more isolated and alone and with this type of diagnosis, that emotional mindset may only increase.

They may worry about their memory.

Some people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may assume there’s no point to making friends because they won’t remember them. During the earlier stages of the disease, their memory will still be strong enough to allow them to keep track of people in their life, including new people they’ve just met.

The more time and exposure they have to these new individuals, these new friends, the more likely they will remember them at least for a few more years.

They may lack confidence.

A person who is shy and withdrawn may feel even less confidence in their ability to make friends and carry on a good, decent conversation with somebody new. A strong support system, like a family member or experienced home care aide may help them have the confidence they need to get out there and meet some new people.

They may have little interest.

Some seniors simply have little to no interest in making new friends. If that’s the case and it fits right in line with that senior’s personality, it’s important to respect their decision and wishes.

Family and other loved ones may be concerned about them being alone, but they’ve earned the right to decide how their life is lived.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Westchester, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!

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Patricia Coffie, RN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.

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