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Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is the diagnosis that can strike dread in the hearts of most family caregivers. If you’re living it now, you know all too well. If you’ve just received the prognosis for your senior, you’re likely scared and confused.
SpectraCare fully understands the effect that dementia and Alzheimers can have on clients and their families. Therefore, we are able to provide the support and caregivers needed who understand how to deal with the signs and symptoms of this progressive disease.
10 Warning Signs
The Alzheimer's Association tells us that Alzheimer’s is a fatal brain disease that progresses over time and causes changes in thinking and reasoning skills. These ten warning signs, one or two of which may happen occasionally in healthy seniors, are cause for concern when they start to become the norm. If you notice any of these signs in yourself or your loved one, please see your doctor.
Memory Changes That Disrupt Daily Life
Challenges In Planning Or Solving Problems
Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks At Home, At Work Or At Leisure
Confusion With Time Or Place
Trouble Understanding Visual Images And Spatial Relationships
New Problems With Words In Speaking Or Writing
Misplacing Things And Losing The Ability To Retrace Steps
Decreased Or Poor Judgement
Withdrawal From Work Or Social Activities
Changes In Mood And Personality
For More Information On This Disease Please Visit: (www.alz.org)
Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's
Here are a few simple rules adapted from The Alzheimer Family Care Guide, for family members dealing with known or suspected Alzheimer's or dementia.
The behavior of an Alzheimers patient is the opposite of regular aging (infant to elderly).
Never try to reason with them. Verbal skills are lost first while written skills are usually remembered longer.
They may ask something over and over again. Be patient. Keep repeating the answer to them. Speak slowly and simply and be calm and reassuring.
Don’t shout or yell at them.
Don’t demand or give commands.
Do not argue with them, you can’t convince them to see it your way.
They are frightened, they cannot reason.
Reassure them constantly and walk away if you become frustrated.
Don’t startle them. Approach them from the front and make eye contact. This conveys trust and honesty to them.
Talk to them on their level, bending down to them.
Touch them gently to continue reassuring them.
They will mirror your behavior and mood.
If they see something or someone or talk about someone coming to see them that you know is not fact, VALIDATE what they are saying. Go along with it, whatever it is. Then try and change the subject and redirect them to an activity instead. Most times they will forget about it anyway.
Break down things into simple steps
Finally, do not treat them like children.
The National Institutes of Health has an Internet site (www.nihseniorhealth.gov) that, among other useful information, has a downloadable booklet, “Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s.” Anyone caring for a senior should read this information and use it as a resource, whether Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia is present or just suspected.
Alzheimer’s is a stress-inducing disease for the family’s caregiver or caregivers, one that grows more difficult to manage as it progresses.
If you are providing home care for a family member who has Alzheimers, or whom you think may be showing signs of the disease, please contact your physician for a professional assessment.
Spectra Care will be glad to assist you in determining your family’s course for in-home care. We have caregivers specifically trained in managing Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, and can provide care as little as 3 hours at a time, up to 24 hours a day 7 days a week.