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Caring for Two Parents with Alzheimer’s Doesn’t Mean It’s Twice as Tough

When Tina first realized her mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she had been away on a work assignment. When she returned home, she settled in to help take care of her mother. Between her and her father, they seemed to be a great support system. Before long, though, she noticed some of the same symptoms developing with her father. He was ultimately diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Tina suddenly found herself being a caregiver for two aging parents dealing with this devastating disease.

Alzheimer's Care in Boynton Beach FL: Caring for Two Parents

Alzheimer’s Care in Boynton Beach FL: Caring for Two Parents

Her husband advised her to get help.

As far as Tina was concerned, this was her responsibility. Her parents had always supported her and done so much to help her, she felt this was the best way to repay them for their generosity and kindness when she was growing up.

She also assumed it wasn’t going to be that much more difficult than it already had been. Her mother was advancing into the middle stages of the disease, having more difficulty keeping track of conversations, becoming more frustrated, exhibiting some signs of anxiety, and so on, but she had grown accustomed to it.

She also had the help of her father.

Even though her father was now dealing with the earliest signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, he was still able to assist with a lot of physical demands. She didn’t want to place a lot of pressure on him, but it was becoming more and more difficult to offer reminders, make sure her mother was safe, and now having to worry about her father as well, she felt as though the pressure was multiplying exponentially.

What Tina thought would be twice as difficult suddenly felt 10 times the challenge.

She didn’t know where to turn. Every time she brought up the topic about these frustrations with her husband, he seemed almost dismissive. In his view, he had been admonishing her to get support for months, even years, but she wouldn’t listen. He began to tune things out because it was just too overwhelming for him to sit there and listen to the frustrations and pressure and have her ignore his advice.

Tina finally accepted that hiring experienced caregivers was the best option to consider. When she started relying on home care aides and visiting nurses for help, she couldn’t believe the improvement in quality of care, support, and even life for her parents and herself.

Caring for one parent with Alzheimer’s is difficult enough, but worrying about two can quickly become overwhelming.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Boynton Beach, 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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