Steps to Take After a Loved One Is Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

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A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s may be difficult for your senior loved one to accept for many reasons, such as the thought of losing the ability to take on daily activities alone or the fear of forgetting specific people, places, and situations. However, there are steps you can take to slow the progression of the disease and allow your loved one to continue aging in place with confidence, wisdom, happiness, and motivation.

Accept the Diagnosis

Your parent and his or her family and close friends cannot change the diagnosis, which your loved one needs to accept. Accepting the diagnosis can alleviate negative thoughts and fears, making it easier to plan the next steps.

Acceptance doesn’t mean your loved one is giving up on life. It means your family will work even harder to ensure your parent receives the treatment, nutrition, engagement, and encouragement he or she needs to handle the disease. As a family caregiver, remember you may accept the Alzheimer’s diagnosis before your loved one does, so it would be best to remain patient and understanding.

If you need help caring for your loved one while he or she manages the challenges of Alzheimer’s, consider hiring a professional caregiver. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Assisting Hands Home Care, a leading provider of elderly home care families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

Stay Active

Physical activities can boost your loved one’s mental and emotional wellbeing while keeping his or her heart, muscles, and joints in good shape. Remaining active can also reduce the risk of becoming overweight or experiencing poor sleep quality.

Working out can motivate your loved one to take on complex challenges associated with Alzheimer’s, allowing him or her to stave off the effects of the disease and continue living a healthy lifestyle. Some of the best exercises for seniors with Alzheimer’s include swimming, walking, bicycling, weightlifting, and yoga because they lower blood pressure, decrease anxiety, and boost mood, which is excellent for memory.

A professional caregiver can help your loved one exercise in safety and comfort. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of homecare. Miami families can rely on Assisting Hands Home Care to provide individualized care plans to meet their elderly loved ones’ unique care needs. Our caregivers help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and we offer mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.

Remain Connected with Family & Friends

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can change how family and friends view your loved one, and vice versa. However, it’s best to remain connected, both for your loved one’s benefit and for your family’s comfort. Doing so can help you all make better decisions. If your family splits apart, the situation could become overwhelming and cause your loved one to give up more quickly.

Speak with medical professionals, including counselors, who can help you learn more about the disease and give you suggestions, such as tips on meal preparation, dividing caregiving duties, coping strategies, and financial planning.

Care for Yourself

Seniors need to continue self-care after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s because they can continue to love themselves and believe in their strengths, which could boost their mood and allow them to live with the disease longer.

Family caregivers must also practice self-care due to the complications and challenges that may occur, from taking on more responsibilities to watching their loved ones’ physical and mental capabilities decrease over time. Always be patient, and remember that giving your all is what your loved one needs and appreciates, even if he or she cannot remember things correctly or show appreciation. 

The days, weeks, and months following an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be challenging for both seniors and their families. However, these challenges can be made less stressful with the help of caregivers trained in professional Alzheimer’s care. Miami Assisting Hands Home Care is here to help your loved one enjoy the golden years while simultaneously managing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Call one of our friendly Care Managers at (305) 574-9137 to learn about ways our experienced caregivers can help your loved one.