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3 Reasons Visual Clues Are So Crucial for Those with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Stuart FL

Memory loss is the most commonly thought of sign or symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. While it’s certainly the most commonly thought about symptom, it’s not fully understood, especially by family members of a senior who was recently diagnosed with this form of dementia.

Many people have certain preconceived notions about what to expect.

Alzheimer's Care in Stuart FL

Alzheimer’s Care in Stuart FL

When a person learns that a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, one of the first thoughts that creeps into their mind will likely be the senior forgetting or not recognizing them anymore.

That may be realistic in many cases, but there are steps people can take to help improve memory retention and recognition. One of the best things people can do for their loved one who’s diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia is consider hiring a home care aide as early as possible.

Even though the senior may be fully capable of taking care of himself or herself, there are numerous benefits to relying on an experienced caregiver instead of just family members.

In the meantime, consider offering visual clues as a way to help these seniors dealing with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. Here are three reasons why visual clues can be so instrumental at providing a positive atmosphere for that senior.

1. Visual clues help connect the dots.

Sometimes a person with Alzheimer’s has difficulty ‘connecting the dots’ when it comes to people and family members. They may have recognition, but due to the way the disease impacts the brain, they have a difficult time connecting the relationship.

Visual clues, such as photo albums, postcards, and more can help them connect the person who is standing in front of them with the person they had known in their past.

2. It can offer comfort.

When giving a person information about another individual, it may be difficult for them to process. Using visual clues can offer comfort. They may be more connected to past memories of this individual as opposed to some direction or verbally provided clue about their connection.

3. It is easier to process.

For people suffering from memory loss, trying to follow instructions verbally is a lot more difficult than following visual clues. It is simply easier for a person to process a picture as opposed to a paragraph of instructions.

By relying on visual clues, someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may find a great deal of comfort and it can help avoid some extremely uncomfortable or even anxious moments for both the senior and family member or caregiver.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Stuart, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

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Jon Fedele

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Activa Home Health
Jon Fedele is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Activa Home Health. During the past 15 years he has owned and operated several successful healthcare companies in South Florida.
“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.

Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.

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