Your mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This may have been something you and the rest of your family worried about for some time, but she wouldn’t go to the doctor for proper diagnosis, at least until the symptoms were beginning to impact her safety at home.
Now that she has been diagnosed with this form of dementia, you’re noticing her withdrawing from activities, refusing to answer the phone, and not wanting visitors. She’s going through the various stages of grief. This is an incredible trauma to her emotional state of mind. It will take her time to deal with, but there may be things you can do to help her be more positive about her future.
Focus on activities.
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. Your mother understands that. She may also understand the average life expectancy for somebody diagnosed with this form of dementia is between eight and 10 years (Alzheimer’s Association). Some of those years will be enveloped in a black fog of memory loss.
Those are things your mother may be worried about at the moment. She doesn’t want to forget you, your father, or other friends or loved ones. She doesn’t want to be frightened in the future when the memory loss becomes too significant for her.
Help her focus on activities right now.
When you get her focused on activities she can do at the moment, even spending time with friends, doing some gardening, or traveling, you help distract her from what may occur in the future.
Encourage her to seek proper care.
Yes, you and your father are certainly physically and emotionally capable of helping her, but if you have no prior experience with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia, it’s a good idea to seek out professional and experienced care.
The more experience a home care aide has, the more likely she will encourage routine, mental activity, mental stimulation, and more which can all potentially pay dividends in the future.
Surround her with loving support.
The best way to keep somebody positive through difficult moments is to let her know she is loved. Contact her friends and other family members, no matter where they live around the country or around the world, and encourage them to reach out and talk to her. Hearing their voices, reconnecting with people she hasn’t spoken to in years, and having that personal connection on a daily basis may be one of the best ways to keep her positive moving forward.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Blue Bell, PA, contact the caring professionals at Reliant At Home Care today 610-200-6075.
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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