Alzheimer's Care in Lexington, TN
Find out more about Alzheimer's care and why it is best to start care early to get the most benefit for your loved one.
When a senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, family members often wait to start Alzheimer's care. Even though care is designed to help improve the quality of a person's life, it is often thought that a senior can best enjoy their remaining life by avoiding the disease for as long as possible. By not talking about Alzheimer's and its implications, seniors and their families feel as if they can increase the amount of time they are able to live "normally". Many seniors often keep the information to themselves or only share it with close, trusted family members.
Start Alzheimer's Care in Lexington, TN
While there is not currently a cure for Alzheimer's disease, many of the treatments and components of this specific type of care address the physical, cognitive, and behavioral aspects and symptoms of the disease. Not only does early intervention help improve the quality of a person's life as they go through the stages of Alzheimer's, but it may also maximize a family’s ability to enjoy the best of their loved one's remaining years. Yet, the success of these interventions often relies on early intervention. In other words, the sooner they are started the more successful they can be.
For example, Alzheimer's care can help create an environment that is calm, familiar, and low-stress. This has been shown to help avoid many negative effects of the disease. Some strategies used to modify a senior's environment include:
- Keeping a steady and predictable routine. Creating routines such as waking and sleeping schedules, regular mealtimes, and even planned walks can help reduce stress and avoid emotional pitfalls.
- Reducing visual "noise" such as loud, bright, or wildly patterned wallpaper by repainting, covering, or otherwise calming the visual atmosphere can greatly reduce stress. Too much visual input can create many challenges for seniors with Alzheimer's. Addressing this early on can avoid many problems later.
- Adapting common routines early so they become a part of the norm. As the disease progresses, seniors will lose their ability to communicate verbally and will also struggle to make their desires known through other means. Learning what foods, activities, and entertainment a senior enjoys early on will pay huge dividends later. Alzheimer's care staff know how to slowly break these routines up, so they will be better tolerated later as well. For example, eating frequent small meals to minimize hunger, taking regular trips to the bathroom, and changing lighting and evening activities to avoid sundowning.
To learn more about Alzheimer's Care or the many ways Comfort Keepers can help your senior loved one, contact a senior home care coordinator to schedule a free in-home consultation.
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