Alzheimer’s is an unpredictable disease
, which makes it difficult to manage. It is also a progressive disease. Caregivers should prepare for the emotional, physical, and financial challenges that can come about when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. For help preparing for the progression of Alzheimer’s, continue reading.
When it comes to Alzheimer’s, expect the unexpected. No two experiences with Alzheimer’s are the same. It may be difficult to predict what each day will hold with Alzheimer’s, but there are ways to manage providing care to someone with this disease. People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can live anywhere from four to 20 years after their diagnosis, depending on the person and the stage they are diagnosed during.
The early stages of Alzheimer’s include subtle problems with memory, such as difficulties coming up with the right words or names, and remembering the names of new people. Some challenges may also come up during work or when socializing. Losing valuable objects and struggling to stay organized are other symptoms that occur during the early stage.
The middle stage includes more problems with memory loss. Someone in the middle stage may forget their personal history, they may feel moody and withdrawn, and they may be confused about the time or location. They will also need help dressing for certain occasions, and may have troubles with their bladder and bowels. Changes in sleep habits occur during the middle stage as well.
The late stage of Alzheimer’s requires round-the-clock care, including care during daily activities and personal care routines. Someone in the late stage of Alzheimer’s will lose awareness of their recent experiences and surroundings, they will experience changes in their physical abilities, and they will have difficulties communicating.
As a caregiver, it’s important to remember to care for yourself. Consider joining a support group to remind yourself that you are not alone. You will also want to tune into your emotions. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be difficult for you emotionally, so stay in touch with your emotions and know when you should take a break.
Another tip is to seek outside help. Receiving help from professional caregivers can give you a break and offer peace of mind. Help at Home Homecare is dedicated to offering professional help to individuals with Alzheimer’s and their families. For more information about our services, feel free to call our Sarasota office at 941-388-3117, our Bradenton office at 941-795-7000, our Naples office at 239-494-1039, or our Fort Myers office at 239-791-8728.