Tips for Early Alzheimer’s Caregiving Aug. 27, 2015

Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Did you know that 5 million Americans age 65 or older are living with Alzheimer’s disease? Another 200,000 under the age of 65 are battling signs of early onset Alzheimer’s disease? Watching our loved ones get older is difficult to watch, but it’s painful when they are battling diseases like Alzheimers. This disease is often mistaken for simple forgetfulness. As it advances, it may even seem like dementia. No matter what disease our loved ones may be battling, we want to be able to provide the best care for them as possible, whether we provide the care or enlist the help of a healthcare facility.

While providing care for someone showing signs of Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important that both you and the patient are able to lay a foundation of understanding, caring, and thoughtfulness while you are able.   Here are a few tips to help you gain and establish a mutual trust and care for a patient who is showing the signs of Alzheimer’s; since this disease can be frightening for both the patient and caregiver, these tips will help.

6 tips for Care for Early Onset Alzheimer’s

1.      There will be good days and there will be some bad days. It’s important to learn to appreciate them both.  Since each day will be different, don’t dread starting the next day if the current day was bad.

2.      Keep yourself educated on the progression of Alzheimer’s so that you’re prepared for what’s to come later. Seek out support groups for caregivers.

3.      Encourage the patient to be independent.  You want them to continue living a reasonably normal life and do as much as they can for themselves.

4.      Decide on important matters now and together.  Don’t put off legal, financial, or end-of-life questions for later. It’s important to take care of these matters early. All parties should be involved in the decision making if still possible.

5.      Enjoy the moment!

6.      Do projects and activities together. Although Alzheimer’s may affect the short-term memory, a patient can still be physically able and willing to enjoy some fun activities.

If your loved one or someone you know is showing signs of early onset Alzheimer’s and needs additional care, our wonderful staff at Brookfield Assisted Living would love to help. We have three locations that offer you excellent support services and a comfortable, home-like environment. Call today to schedule a tour and experience Brookfield Assisted Living for yourself.

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