Fear is a powerful force in life. Can cause people to do many things and make several mistakes. A person who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s might have a great deal of anxiety and fear of the unknown.
The symptoms have been around for a while.
The person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will likely have been experiencing various signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease for quite some time. In fact, by the time in the individual is diagnosed with this disease or some other form of dementia, they have probably been exhibiting signs of memory loss for one or two years, at least.
They may have passed it off initially as the natural process of aging, but when it began to interfere with daily life they went to their doctor for proper diagnosis. Now that the realization has come over them, the diagnosis has been handed down, what are they thinking about with regard to the future?
Most people worry about no longer recognizing loved ones.
One of the greatest fears for somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is that they won’t recognize their spouse, children, or other friends and loved ones in the future. Yes, this may very well be a possibility, and while that is certainly stressful, the best thing anyone can do to support them is help redirect their thoughts to the present moment.
They can still enjoy a high quality of life.
With the right type of support and care, a person with Alzheimer’s disease can live a high quality of life for several years. While the average life expectancy for somebody diagnosed with this disease is between eight and 10 years, many of those years can be high quality and they can still enjoy many aspects of life.
It all begins with proper care and support early on.
The best thing anyone can do is encourage a family member who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to consider hiring a home care aide and other support services as early as possible. Just because they may be able to take care of themselves right now doesn’t mean there aren’t benefits to relying on professional and experienced care.
An experienced caregiver may help the senior develop a routine, focus on mentally stimulating activities that may pay dividends in the future, and help them establish some quality plans for their future.
The future is unknown for anyone, but when Alzheimer’s is front and center it can cause a great deal of fear and anxiety, with the right support that stress can be tempered.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE IN HUNTERSVILLE, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.