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Are You Prepared for the Advanced Stages of Alzheimer’s? Is Your Loved One?

Alzheimer’s Care in Bristol CT

Alzheimer's CareAlzheimer’s basically moves through three essential stages. The first stage includes approximately 1 to 2 years before diagnosis, when the elderly individual is struggling with their memory, having difficulty keeping track of appointments, conversations, and other things going on in their life. It can also include the first couple of years after diagnosis in which memory loss is still relatively minor, though impacting daily life to some degree.

Then, the memory loss and other signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease will continue to increase, making it more difficult for the senior to stay safe at home. As it moves through the third stage, the elderly person will likely require a significant level of direct assistance, either at home, with a loved one, or at a designated facility.

As the disease progresses, family members and friends may face some difficult challenges, including aggressive outbursts, both physical and verbal from the senior. These can be hurtful and can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety.

So, if you’re a friend or family member of somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, are you prepared for the advanced stages of this disease? If you think you are, it’s vital that you make sure that’s the case.

Even if you feel you’re prepared for this, for what’s to come, do you believe the elderly individual who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is? If you can’t confidently answer those questions (with 100 percent confidence) it’s time you sat down and determined whether or not this is actually the case.

How to best confront the coming years.

It’s easy to assume you or other family members would be the best support system for an aging loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but the best thing anyone could do is rely on professional, experienced support. A home care aide, someone who works for an agency, who has prior experience working with other seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, can be a great asset. They understand the value of routine, staying active, and mental stimulation. They can provide insight into what to expect and help mediate the challenges family members and friends might face with their loved one in the future.

Contact SYNERGY now to see what options are available for support when it comes to a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Then you’ll know you are all truly prepared for the years ahead.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Bristol, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Bristol at 860-597-3924.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com
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