If an elderly person in your family has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, what have your thoughts been like lately? Most people would admit to confusion, fear, anger, and sorrow.
Most people understand that there is no cure for Alzheimer’s at the moment. And, that it is a terminal disease that is going to steal away more and more of that elderly person’s memories.
No one wants to think about visiting their elderly mother or father and not being recognized. Yet, most of us understand that will likely happen if the senior lives the average life expectancy with the disease, which is between eight and 10 years after diagnosis (Alzheimer’s Association).
Planning for the future is essential.
Even though there is no cure for the disease, there are many things that elderly senior dealing with Alzheimer’s and his or her family can do to make a world of difference in the years to come.
It’s not just about making them comfortable or looking out for them and their safety. It’s also about maintaining as high a quality of life as possible for as long as possible.
Did you know that research indicates that mental stimulation early on may help to slow down the progression of memory loss (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation)?
That means when an aging senior with Alzheimer’s is taking part in mentally stimulating activities, reading, doing the crossword puzzle, playing strategic thinking games, and exercising their brain as much as possible, it may help to slow down memory loss.
It will not prevent it, but slowing it down will help to maintain a higher quality of life for longer than they otherwise might have enjoyed.
Planning Long-Term Care Should Start Right Away
That means now is the time to begin thinking about what will happen in the future and doing what is necessary now to maintain a higher quality of life for as long as possible.
You and other people in your family may assume nothing is going to change, that nothing can change, that it is hopeless, but it’s not.
The more you focus on adequate care and doing the right thing to help them now, the greater an impact you can have in their life when it matters most.
Also, consider an in-home care provider who has experience with Alzheimer’s. Hiring somebody now can help that senior become more comfortable with them, which will be crucial in the years ahead when memory loss expands.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Care in Airway Heights, WA please contact the caring staff at Angel Senior Care today at (509) 326-4357.