Handling Memory Loss Issues
In your role as a family caregiver one of your most important priorities is keeping your aging parent healthy and safe. A major element of this is detecting potential illnesses and concerns that they might be suffering so that you can help them to get the best care and treatment for their needs. If you are like many family caregivers, one of your major concerns might be the potential for
Alzheimer’s disease. As with most other conditions, detecting this disease early is key to getting your loved one on an appropriate course of management and care to help them live the highest quality of life throughout their progression. Unfortunately it is not always easy for you to detect the possibility of Alzheimer’s as you might think it would be. Many elderly adults are aware of the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and become adept at hiding them. It is important as their family caregiver for you to pay close attention to your senior’s behavior to identify if they might be hiding changes in their functioning.
Some signs that your aging parent might be hiding the symptoms of early Alzheimer’s disease include:
- Withdrawing from activities. Could Your Senior Be Hiding the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease? Tastes, interests, and abilities change with age, but if your aging loved one suddenly starts resisting participating in activities that they once really enjoyed, it could be an indication that they are hiding symptoms they do not want you to notice. They might know that their symptoms could interfere with their ability to participate and not want you to detect that change, so they simply do not participate.
- Covering up their issues. Listen to how your parent responds to odd behaviors or mistakes that they might make. It is not uncommon for elderly adults trying to hide Alzheimer’s disease to cover up their issues with excuses or jokes. They might say “everyone my age has memory problems”, “I’m just tired”, or crack a joke about them doing something silly so that it will not seem like such a big deal to you.
- Being argumentative. Your parent might feel that if they argue with you enough about what you notice about them that they will be able to convince them that everything is fine. You might find that if you make even a minor comment about something strange that they do or a symptom that you notice, that they respond aggressively and even combatively. This could be their way of diverting attention and distracting you from the situation..
Starting home care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them during your care journey with them, especially if they are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.
The highly personalized services of an in-home senior care services provider can be with your aging parent on a schedule that is appropriate for their specific needs and challenges, as well as the care efforts that you are able to put forth for your aging loved one. This means that you can feel confident that they are getting everything that they need to stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy while also maintaining as much independence and active as possible as they progress through their disease.
Even if your aging parent resists admitting they are going through the early stages of Alzheimer’s or is resistant to the idea of treatment, starting home care can put them on a path of living a higher quality of life as they progress through the disease.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering starting home care in Moorestown NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
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