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Enjoying Solid Relationships Helps Seniors Cope with the Realities of Alzheimer’s

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.

Alzheimer's Care in Wind Gap PA: Maintaining Relationships

Alzheimer’s Care in Wind Gap PA: Maintaining Relationships

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.


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Vicki & Brian Day

Home Helpers of Northern Lehigh Valley is locally owned and operated by Vicki Crow and Brian Day. We have experience and knowledge of issues that seniors and their families face every day. Prior to owning Home Helpers, we had over 40 combined years of sales and business experience. We experienced firsthand the value of professional in-home care and our ownership of Home Helpers is our way of providing senior care services to families in the Northern Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. We provide the same level of care and attention to detail that we would expect for our own family. We chose to get involved with non-medical home care based on personal experiences that both myself and my husband experienced with our grandparents.My grandmother lived alone and my father lived over 500 miles away, when she suffered a stroke she needed extra help around the house.My father and his brother were able to find a care giver that would come in and help around the house, provided companionship and above all else a safety net for my father and my uncle to know someone was checking in on Grandma.When Grandma suffered a second stroke, the caregiver found her and got her the help she needed. We know there are a lot of families like ours that need that peace of mind of knowing someone is helping a loved one when they can't be there.

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