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Helping a Senior with Alzheimer’s Be More Aware of Her Surroundings

Alzheimer’s Care in Philadelphia PA

It’s easy to overlook the importance of being aware of one’s own surroundings. When you are a busy professional, you might have a tendency to wake up early in the morning, get ready, help get Alzheimer’s-Care-in-Philadelphia-PAthe kids ready for school, then head off to work. On your way to work, whether you’re in your car or on a train, for example, your mind may wander.

You may be thinking about a hundred different things that need to get done this day. You may not be aware of the surroundings by you at that particular moment.

Did you notice the tire on that massive semi starting to fall apart? You probably don’t notice it until things start flying across the road. Did you notice the car that was driving just ahead of you or the one in the lane just to your right? What will that car do if that tire completely falls apart on the truck just ahead of you? Is he going to swerve into your lane?

If you’re not aware of those things you can be completely caught off guard. When somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they may be unaware of their surroundings at times, too. They may be unaware of their physical or mental capabilities.

This is especially true when somebody has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. People don’t want to admit to their shortcomings, failures, or challenges. They have a difficult time asking for assistance.

So how can you help that elderly family member who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s become more aware of his or her surroundings?

Walk through the house with them.

Because September is International Self-Awareness Month, one thing you can do this month is walk through the house with them. Go through different aspects of the house, from the bathroom to the kitchen, from the bedroom to the living room, along the outside path that leads to the driveway, and anywhere else the senior may have a tendency to travel or walk.

Notice how they get around. Pay attention to what they use for support. If they have difficulty maintaining their balance, make sure they understand the importance of getting help now rather than waiting until it’s too late.

It’s not always easy to help somebody become more aware of their surroundings, especially if they are resistant to change. However, when somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it becomes an important factor of helping to keep them safe.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Philadelphia, PA, contact the caring professionals at Reliant At Home Care today 610-200-6075.


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Cerie Goldenberg, MSW,LSW

Cerie Goldenberg- My name is Cerie Fish Goldenberg. I have dedicated all 40 years of my professional life practicing Social Work in Montgomery County, PA.I earned aMasters Degree of Social Work from the University of Toronto and I am a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania.I was an active participant in the growth of Montgomery County Office on Aging and Adult Service developing needed services and resources for both younger and older adults.

After40 years of being a problem solver and advocate for those in need including my parents who lived into their 90’s and chose to remain in their home, I remain passionate about providing the highest level of service possible to those individuals for whom we are providing care.It is my vision that those of us who choose to remain in their home to be given the opportunity to do so in a safe and dignified manner. Hence the birth or Reliant at Home Care.

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