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Loneliness and Boredom Can Impact Life for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care Havertown PA

Alzheimer's Care Havertown PA

When was the last time you felt completely bored and alone? Every single one of us, at one time or another, have felt those emotions. In most cases, when you spend a lot of time at home alone, such as several days or even weeks on end, it could lead to feelings of loneliness, boredom, and even frustration.

That’s how it could be for a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

It’s easy to focus on making sure our family members are safe within the comfort of their home. That should be one of the top priorities. As a result, it might be easy to assume you should just discourage them from being active or going out on their own.

A person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will be dealing with memory loss as the years progress. That memory loss can impact many aspects of their life. It can even affect their safety directly.

For example, if somebody with Alzheimer’s goes outside for a walk by themselves, they could become disoriented, turned around, and completely forget where they were going or where they are. They may believe that home is to the left when it’s actually to the right. They start walking left, going down the street, and maybe turn into the woods thinking it is a shortcut they remember from their youth.

However, they’re not in the same town or even the same state where they grew up.

So, family members may discourage those seniors from trying to go for walks or do things on their own. Just wait at home, they may say. You’ll be okay.

What that can lead to, especially if the senior acknowledges their challenges and is afraid to go out on their own, is spending too many days with no one to talk to, no one visiting, and little else to do besides read a book, do a puzzle, or watch TV. That can certainly increase the risk of loneliness and boredom.

How to combat this issue.

Imagine that senior working with the same home care aide on a daily basis. He or she would become familiar with that person. They would eventually build a rapport. They might play games, go for walks together, and do other things as a team.

That’s a powerful way to help seniors with Alzheimer’s feel more connected, less isolated and alone, and as though they still matter. You know they do, so why not help them feel that as well?

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Havertown PA please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.

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Perry C. Doc Alleva

True Direct HHC owner and administrator, Perry C. Doc Alleva has been in the health care community for over 10 years as a therapy solutions provider, as well as a home care services coordinator. He has extensive experience in caring for the disabled and the surgical acute, sub-acute, and rehab population. Rooted in his home-town city of Philadelphia, with strong ties to it's vast neighborhoods and communities, he's now focusing all his energies towards innovating the home health care agency's role in providing the essential care needed from individual to the family throughout the community.

Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."

In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.

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