Nov 22, 2017 by Erin Couchell
An Alzheimer's disease diagnosis is hard, but it is not the end of the world. Although Alzheimer's disease is degenerative, your loved one's life is not over. There is still time and with assisted living services, your loved one can stay in the comfort of their own home and keep their dignity until their final days.
As we are in National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, we thought we would honor all the men and women across the country living with the condition by taking a closer look at it. We will cover not only the warning signs of Alzheimer's disease, but also what you can do to help make things easier for your loved one and how to talk to them about it.
There are several warning signs of Alzheimer's disease. One of the most well-known is memory loss and once you start noticing this, it is high time to get your loved one the assisted living services they need. Much lesser known warning signs are depression and poor judgment. As your loved one's reasoning skills will become affected as the disease progresses, they will become increasingly less able to make the right choices for themselves.
In order to help them stay at home as they age, seniors will need professional assisted living services. Unfortunately, unskilled family members will not have what it takes to take care of their loved ones on their own. This is actually a blessing in disguise as Alzheimer's disease can be very dark as it progresses, and it is good to be able to take a step back and take care of yourself when you need to. Your loved one will need you to be as strong as possible to help them get through this and taking some time out for yourself should never be viewed as selfish.
If you are at that stage where you think it is time to start talking to your loved one about the next steps, we know it is hard to know where to begin. Before anything is said, you should make sure your loved one is receiving all the emotional support they need, and they will need everything you can muster.
It is also a good idea to have any and all serious conversations as a family. This way, you will not be blamed or misinterpreted. An assisted living professional can be handy in this case, helping you get through the tough times.