Having a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is not easy to deal with for most people. The earliest signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s will be memory loss. That memory loss will begin to impact daily life. Close family and friends will recognize certain issues and may have silent concerns that this could be Alzheimer’s, but when they’re finally diagnosed, that early recognition won’t offer any comfort for the senior or their family.
When a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s they may be treated differently. They might want their family to know certain things that are important to them, even when they’re progressing through the middle and later stages of this disease. Here are a few things many people with Alzheimer’s might want their family to know.
“Don’t assume I can’t.”
Just because a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia doesn’t mean they are incapable of performing certain tasks. This is especially true during the earlier stages of the disease.
During the first months and maybe couple of years, seniors can still tend to many aspects of their own basic care and remain safe while doing so. They may need reminders and other mental cues, but they want their loved ones to realize they can still provide their own support for the most part.
“I do need help, though.”
While it may get tense at times because the senior wants to be as independent as possible, he also wants his family to know he will need assistance. There needs to be a balance between helping too much and not helping enough.
“Remember to respect me.”
People want to feel respected. Seniors dealing with Alzheimer’s may feel as though their adult children don’t respect them because they try to do everything for them. They may even try to tell them what they can or can’t do, mostly out of concerns for their safety.
It’s always essential to make sure respect is the cornerstone of any quality relationship when supporting somebody with any form of dementia.
“I still need love.”
People with Alzheimer’s are just like you and me; they need to feel loved. While stopping by their house every day to help them do certain things may be a loving act, the words ‘I love you,’ hugs, and other forms of affection are still important.
For those families who understand these things, it can provide a great deal of benefit to not just those seniors, but everyone else who matters to them.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Doral, FL, please contact the caring staff at Levin Home Care. Call (855) 980-6620.
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