There are more than 5.5 million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. This progressive disease leads to cognitive functioning decline that will eventually diminish the senior’s ability to manage their own personal needs and care. As a family caregiver, it is vital that you are not only aware of this condition and prepared to handle the care that your senior will need should it develop during the course of their later years, but also that you are vigilant about their health and well-being so that you can detect potential signs of the disease. Like most health issues, early detection of Alzheimer’s disease can make a tremendous difference in the care and management that your parent can receive.
Looking out for the potential of Alzheimer’s disease does not have to be a major change in your regular routine. Simply be being aware of your surroundings and using your senses around your parent you can detect changes that might be early indications of Alzheimer’s disease.
Some ways that you can use your vision outside of your parent’s home to detect Alzheimer’s disease include:
• Mail that has not been picked up or newspapers that have accumulated on their driveway or porch
• Lawn that has become overgrown or messy despite your parent usually being conscientious about its appearance
• Trash that has not been picked up, potentially indicating that they have not paid their bill or that they brought it out on the wrong day
• Damage such as dents, dings, or scratches on their vehicle that might indicate that they are having a more difficult time driving effectively and safely
Caring for an elderly adult with Alzheimer’s disease can be extremely challenging. If you are on this type of journey with your aging loved one, starting elder care for them might be the best decision that you can make for both of you. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parent on the customized schedule that is right for them. This means that whether they have extensive care needs or are only at the beginning of their progression with the disease, you can both feel confident that they are getting the level of care, support, and assistance that is right for them. The elder care provider can work with your parent to help them manage their individual needs, challenges, and limitations while also supporting as active, fulfilling, and independent a lifestyle as possible. By helping to keep them safe, healthy, and comfortable while helping them to pursue activity, engagement, and involvement, this care provider can help your parent see that there can still be meaning and value in this new chapter of their lives even as they move through their progression with the disease. Starting this care as early as possible in their journey helps to maximize the benefits while also relieving your caregiver stress and improving quality of life for all of you throughout this journey.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Lakewood, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.