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3 Coping Skills to Use When a Loved One Is Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

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If you have never known someone diagnosed with a serious disease, it might be difficult to understand how such a diagnosis can impact you and other people in your family. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating.

Many people associate Alzheimer’s with memory loss.

Because it is the most significant symptom of the disease, most people have an immediate reaction when they hear a loved one, whether it’s a grandparent, parent, sibling, or someone else, is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

They start to envision their family member or loved one not recognizing who they are, even if it’s a parent. It can be so difficult to cope with this type of diagnosis that some individuals may try to avoid contact or interacting with their family directly.

It’s a good idea to develop some important coping skills. It’s also important to begin understanding that experienced home care aides can be a valuable asset, not just for the senior diagnosed with this form of dementia, but other family members as well.

Let’s talk about three coping skills that can help anyone deal with this type of diagnosis.

Coping Skill #1: Take a deep breath … the future is still unwritten.

Alzheimer’s disease will generally affect people in the same basic way. Memory loss will begin to affect their ability to take care of themselves, the way they speak, their ability to solve problems, and even their behaviors.

However, how much memory loss impacts them can vary from one person to the next. When you begin introducing experienced care in the form of a home care aide, for example, it can actually have a greater impact on their future.

Coping Skill #2: Learn about what to expect.

Before making assumptions based on generalizations, sit down and learn as much as you can about Alzheimer’s disease. Read stories from other family members who went through the same situation you’re about to go through.

When you learn more about it, you won’t feel as stressed and anxious for what is to come in the future.

Coping Skill #3: Start improving mental stimulation and routines.

The earlier somebody with Alzheimer’s develops a routine and begins reading, playing strategic games, doing puzzles, and more mental exercises, the better it can be for them in the future.

For example, a routine can offer them comfort in those middle and later stages of the disease. If they don’t recognize their surroundings or people with them, they may become anxious and frightened. Being guided to work on their routine can bring comfort, helping to alleviate some of that anxiety quickly.

The caregivers at Comfort Keepers are available to talk with you and your family about all of your caregiver needs. Comfort Keepers is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable Alzheimer’s care in Katy, TX, and the surrounding areas. Call (281) 407-0202 for more information.

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Don Lalonde

Prior to opening the West Houston Comfort Keepers office, Carol and Don Lalonde learned firsthand how difficult it can be to find qualified caregivers for seniors and others needing assistance at home. Carol and Don opened the West Houston Comfort Keepers office because they have personally witnessed the difficulty seniors experience as they age and try to remain at home.

They first experienced the need for senior home care services when Don’s father became very ill. His mother attempted to care for Don’s dad, but it was an overwhelming effort. At that time they were not able to find the type of services Comfort Keepers delivers. And shortly after, they experienced similar frustrations when Carol's mother became very ill. They recognize there are comparable situations today where seniors and their families find it difficult to obtain the needed assistance that will allow loved ones to live safely and independently at home.

Carol and Don are integral components in the West Houston, Katy, Bear Creek, Copperfield, Cypress, and Willowbrook communities enabling them to provide assistance to those families needing help with their loved ones.