June 27, 2023 | Senior Care
“Alzheimer’s caregivers ride the world’s biggest, fastest, scariest, emotional roller coaster, every day!”
– Bob DeMarco.
Alzheimer’s is a challenging condition that affects the brain and can have a profound impact on you and your family. This makes it important to approach this topic with care and understanding.
Legacy Place has a dedicated Memory Care house that cares for the needs of elderly ones with cognitive impairments like Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. We understand the challenges that many caregivers face as they care for elderly relatives with Alzheimer’s. We also know the importance of recognizing the signs of this disease and helping elderly ones with it
To help you navigate this journey with your elderly family members, we have shared a few important things to consider in this article. We will discuss what Alzheimer’s disease is, how to recognize its symptoms, and the essential elements of a care plan for Alzheimer’s patients. We hope that this article will help you.
You are not alone: Every 65 seconds one person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the US.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects the brain, primarily impairing memory, thinking, and behavior. It is the most common cause of dementia, gradually eroding cognitive abilities and independence.
While each person’s journey with Alzheimer’s is unique, common underlying changes include the formation of plaques and tangles in the brain, leading to the deterioration and eventual loss of brain cells.
Did you know:
By 2050, Alzheimer’s among US citizens is expected to rise to 13 million?
Recognizing the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease in elderly family members can be crucial in obtaining timely diagnosis and support.
Why this is important:
Every year more people die of Alzheimer’s than cancer and hypertension combined.
Keep a watchful eye for the following symptoms:
Your role as a caregiver is extraordinary, and your selfless efforts make a profound difference in the life of your loved one. Your commitment and love shine brightly amidst the darkness of Alzheimer’s.
It’s important to understand that each individual with Alzheimer’s is unique, and the plan of care should be tailored to their specific needs. Here are a few key aspects you can consider when caring for your loved one:
Make necessary modifications to the home to minimize potential hazards. Supervise activities such as cooking to prevent accidents.
Speak slowly, clearly and use simple language. Allow extra time for them to process information. Non-verbal cues such as touch and facial expressions can also convey warmth and support.
“We remember their love when they can no longer remember.”
– The Random Vibez.
Activities such as puzzles, memory games, or listening to familiar music can stimulate the mind and help maintain cognitive function, while also providing a sense of accomplishment. Adapt the activities to their current abilities and interests.
Offer reassurance, patience, and understanding. Engage in activities that bring them joy and comfort, such as looking at photo albums, going for walks, or engaging in hobbies they used to enjoy.
Though Alzheimer’s may rob your loved one of memories, it can never erase the love and connections that have been shared. Hold on to those precious memories and continue to forge new moments of love and joy.
Connect with healthcare professionals specializing in Alzheimer’s care. They can provide guidance on medication management, offer support groups for caregivers, and help with planning for future care needs.
Remember, you are not alone in this journey. Reach out to support groups, organizations, and professionals who can provide additional guidance and resources. Taking care of yourself and seeking support is crucial for your well-being as a caregiver.
The Memory Care support at Legacy Place is designed to cater to the unique needs of residents with cognitive impairments. We provide a secure environment to ensure the safety of your loved ones. Each resident receives an individualized care plan in collaboration with you and healthcare professionals.
Our staff is available to provide supervision, support, and assistance to your loved one. They are trained to handle the unique challenges associated with dementia and memory loss and are equipped to respond to emergencies promptly. Also, we give special attention to dietary restrictions or modifications that may be necessary due to medical conditions or personal preferences.
Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging, but remember, you are not alone in this journey. Together, we can find strength and support to navigate the path ahead. If you would like to discuss memory care for your loved ones, please get in touch with Kyle Dunton at 484.860.3911.
If you would like to help in the care of elderly ones in our Memory Care Unit, please click here to Donate: https://www.legacyplace.org/donate/