Far too many families throughout the United States and around the world understand the challenges Alzheimer’s can pose to them. When a loved one has been diagnosed with this disease, a family may have some prior experience, but most people simply do not. It can take a toll on relationships, families, and even a family caregiver’s health.
As the disease progresses, certain challenges will arise.
Even the most devoted spouse, adult child who lives in the area, and closest friends can be pushed to their limit by the challenges Alzheimer’s can pose to them. This doesn’t mean they don’t care or that their love for this individual is any less, but with the change in personality, behaviors, and more from that senior, it can affect people in many ways.
How can people retain strong relationships?
Let’s take, for example, a woman in her early 50s who has been looking after her mother for a few years. When her mother was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, her father and this adult daughter were working together, side-by-side, to provide the kind of care and support the woman needed.
As the disease progressed, though, it took a significant toll on her father’s health and, ultimately, his life. As this woman has been relegated to the role of primary caregiver, her mother has begun saying awful things to her. This woman doesn’t know where her mother would have come up with these ideas, would have heard some of these colorful words, or why she would be motivated to try and hurt her in any way. It has taken her a long time to realize that it’s not the senior, but the disease.
For a long time this woman kept her emotional distance from her mother.
She tried to stay away emotionally, but it was difficult. She simply felt that this was her responsibility. When her father passed away last year, she had been contemplating discussing home care services, but when he was gone she felt guilty even considering.
The best way for this woman and others in similar situations to maintain strong relationships with those who are dealing with Alzheimer’s is to rely on experienced help.
This woman would have realized that if somebody else was assisting with bathing, toileting, laundry, light housekeeping, and other basic things, she could have stayed focused on spending quality time with her mother. She would’ve learned more about the disease and how it affects people like her mother. Keeping strong, healthy relationships intact can offer comfort for those moving through the darkening days of Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ALZHEIMER’S CARE IN WIND GAP, PA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS. CALL TODAY! (610) 365-4266.
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