When your elderly family member is first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you might feel as if you’re stuck on a roller coaster that you just can’t control. While that’s true to an extent, you can prepare for what’s coming and you can help your elderly family member to do the same.
Learn as Much as You Can.
The journey you’re about to embark on with Alzheimer’s disease and your aging adult is one that will continually surprise you. There’s no such thing as a full game plan for this time in your senior’s life. But the more that you learn about Alzheimer’s disease and the stages that your senior is likely to experience the easier it will be for you to adjust and to adapt to what she needs in each stage.
Consider a Support Group.
While your senior’s medical team is a huge source of support and information for you, you may also want to consider joining a support group specifically for the caregivers of people who have Alzheimer’s disease. In the earlier stages, your senior may want to join a support group as well. This gives you a way to access help when you need it, both now and in the future.
Expand Your Sources of Help Now.
You might not feel as if you need much in the way of help right now, but that can change quickly. If you reach out now to expand the network of assistance you have, you’ll feel less overwhelmed. Elderly care providers can help you to get started now making sure that your senior’s home is safe for her and that you know how to meet her needs as they change.
Remember to Keep Your Expectations Realistic.
There’s a lot about Alzheimer’s disease that isn’t easy to understand. You might find that there are some times when your elderly family member seems more lucid than others. Those periods may become fewer and farther between, which can be confusing. Keep your expectations in line with what you learn about Alzheimer’s disease because that’s going to help you to keep your expectations realistic.
You don’t have to have everything planned out perfectly, of course, but preparation definitely helps. Even when you’re winging it, you’re going to find that to be much easier based on the planning you’ve already done. Changing your plans is going to be much less troubling than having to come up with a plan in the midst of chaos.