Uncategorized | September 28, 2018
Nobody looks forward to talking about Alzheimer’s to a parent or loved one. It’s a difficult topic that can feel overwhelming to both of you. If the parent or loved one is presently suffering from impaired judgment and memory loss, having a rational discussion about their symptoms can be difficult. There are loving ways to approach the conversation when a window of opportunity opens.
Since numerous medical issues can mimic early Alzheimer’s, you’ll want your loved one to get a full examination. After you have their approval to go to the doctor, plan the appointment as a part of a bigger day including some enjoyable activities. This will make the day better for both of you.
Once the suspicion of Alzheimer’s is confirmed, you will want to have an open conversation with your loved one. If he or she has already been considering that something may be wrong, the dialogue may go more easily than you would think. Be sure to repeatedly reassure the patient that you care for them. Families that openly discuss the diagnosis and progression of the disease fare better emotionally.
As you consistently reassure your parent or loved one that you will not abandon them and will be there for them, you will ease their fears. Here are more suggestions:
Depending on the cognitive state of the patient, perhaps participation in financial, medical, legal, long-term care, and end-of-life decisions will still be possible.
Your loved one might deny or reject his or her diagnosis, and it’s also possible the conversation and diagnosis will not be clearly comprehended.
Obtain help from family or friends, and perhaps a social worker or clergy member who has experience with Alzheimer’s.
Continue to keep conversations open while the Alzheimer’s Disease progresses.
Allow the newly-diagnosed parent or loved one to articulate emotions, such as anger, frustration, and sadness, which would all be normal.
Always be on the lookout for symptoms of clinical depression so you can get professional help as needed.
Professional caregivers are available to help your loved one cope with their Alzheimer’s. They can provide in-home assistance to not only help them but give you peace of mind. Contact Comfort Keepers® of Victoria to learn more about our services with Alzheimer’s patients and their families.