Coping with the reality of having a family member, like your mother, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is certainly not going to be easy. You may have a number of questions and concerns. The more you learn about this disease, this form of dementia, the more you may be worried about her future.
You may also start worrying about your own mental health in the future.
The risk of Alzheimer’s can increase when a family member has been diagnosed with this or some other type of dementia. There are some things you can do to help reduce your own risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and the sooner you begin taking on these methods, the better it’s going to be.
Mental stimulation is essential.
There is no getting around this simple fact: increased mental stimulation throughout your life will significantly reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or some other forms of dementia. Mental stimulation can come in many forms. It can include reading and writing, playing strategic thinking games, doing the crossword puzzle, having conversations with family members and friends, looking through old photo albums and talking about the things you were experiencing at those moments in your life, and much more.
It’s also a great benefit for your mother.
Even though your mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, being mentally stimulated is a wonderful way for her to delay the progression of memory loss. There are some studies that indicate increased mental stimulation early during the onset of Alzheimer’s may delay significant memory loss in the future (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation).
It should be done daily.
These activities, whether she enjoys doing the crossword puzzle or has never done it before, are going to begin getting her to think and strategically plan ahead, reading, writing in a journal, creating short stories, or anything else should be a daily process.
When you and your mother begin taking on these daily activities, it can pay significant dividends for the both of you. For you it may help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s yourself. For her, it may extend a higher quality of life by months and possibly even years as more serious aspects of memory loss may be delayed.
There’s no point in worrying about what may happen to you in the future, but when you are more mentally stimulated and engaged, it may reduce the risk that you develop Alzheimer’s as well.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Fort Myers, FL, please contact the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse Home Health Care at (239) 307-0033.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.