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One Symptom of Alzheimer’s That Tends to Catch Family Caregivers by Surprise (and How to Prevent Lasting Emotional Hardships)

To put it simply, it’s not going to be easy supporting a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Most people want to be there for these men and women, especially during their time of extreme need and difficulty, but too many family caregivers, including a spouse, adult children, and even siblings, underestimate just how much the disease can impact that senior, especially as it progresses.

Alzheimer's Care in Bensalem PA: Unexpected Outbursts

Alzheimer’s Care in Bensalem PA: Unexpected Outbursts

They are woefully unprepared for some of the challenges.

When a person is initially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the signs and symptoms of the disease, though they impact daily life, are still considered relatively mild. Those symptoms may simply be having difficulty keeping up with appointments, not remembering birthdays, forgetting about conversations they recently had, or using the wrong word at times and not realizing it.

A few reminders here and there seem simple enough.

And, it usually is. Yet, when these family members failed to understand the true value in home care support services, especially experienced caregivers, they set themselves up for extreme circumstances and potentially difficult emotional hardships.

One thing many of these family caregivers don’t expect are the outbursts.

These outbursts can be either verbal or physical, or both. An aging senior with Alzheimer’s may suddenly start yelling at his or her family, calling them names, using language these people have never heard them use before. It can be completely unsettling, unnerving, and painful.

They may accuse their friends and family, especially those who are around the most, of stealing things, conspiring against them, and trying to hurt them. It’s the disease affecting the brain, altering perceptions, impacting memory, and affecting behavior.

When many of these family members experience those outbursts for the first time, it can leave scars. The emotional pain can last for years and years. Even though an adult daughter, for example, understands it’s the disease and not her father saying those things, it doesn’t help. It still clings to her. It has the same impact for male family members who are supporting their aging mother, grandmother, or others.

The solution is to rely on experienced home care aides.

As the disease progresses, the challenges will build. It’s highly recommended that these family individuals, these men and women who are supporting somebody with Alzheimer’s, realize the importance and value of home care support. An experienced home care aide will not only understand the possibility of verbal and physical outbursts, but likely have strategies that could temper those outbursts and possibly even prevent them.

If your aging loved one is in need of Hospice Care in Bensalem, PA please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice. Call today!(215) 867-5405

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Michael Drew

Administrator at Serenity Hospice PA
Michael Drew LNHA is the administrator of Serenity Hospice PA, servicing the greater Bensalem and Philadelphia areas. In this capacity, he leads and inspires the company’s mission of providing quality and compassionate end-of-life care and supportive services for patients and their families, and to enhance their quality of life. Michael’s hallmark is his genuine concern for patients and his dedication to meeting their needs.

A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.

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