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Incontinence and Alzheimer’s: How to Cope

Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming for some people to deal with, at least when they are first diagnosed. Once they have an opportunity to absorb the shock of that diagnosis, they could begin focusing on their future. Getting the right level of care for somebody with Alzheimer’s as early as possible is absolutely essential to not just their comfort and safety in the short run, but also in the years ahead.

When family is their main support system, certain uncomfortable situations can arise.

Alzheimer's Care in Spring Branch TX: Uncomfortable Situations

Alzheimer’s Care in Spring Branch TX: Uncomfortable Situations

Incontinence is one of them. Incontinence can affect people of all ages, but has a tendency to affect seniors far more frequently than younger adults. Incontinence is a condition in which a person can no longer willfully control their bladder. They may have accidents in the middle of the afternoon, but more often it begins during those overnight hours.

How can this be a difficult situation for families to deal with?

A person in their 70s or 80s, for example, who has a moment of incontinence may be relying on their spouse or adult children to assist them out of bed, into and out of the shower, or even simply up and down stairs. If they have an accident it can feel embarrassing.

When an adult child, for example, is the one assisting them in cleanup, they may profusely apologize. When a person is dealing with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia and is trying to cope with the stress and anxiety of these situations, it can affect their memory. Anxiety coupled with Alzheimer’s can lead to verbal and physical aggression. Most often these men and women simply don’t know what they’re doing and have no proper coping mechanisms.

Some of the things they say and even things they do can cause their family support system to get frustrated and want to give up. This is why it’s so important to consider relying on home care support services.

A professional, experienced aide knows how to deal with these situations.

The more experience a home care aide has supporting somebody with Alzheimer’s, the easier it’s going to be for them to assist the senior in cleaning things up, not making a big deal about it at all, and simply not drawing attention to the problem.

Trying to assuage an elderly person’s sense of guilt for such an accident, something they have absolutely no control over, is only going to exacerbate the problem and that can cause more anxiety and emotional outbursts for that individual with Alzheimer’s.

Incontinence doesn’t have to take control of a person’s life, even when they are dealing with Alzheimer’s; home care aides are a great option to consider for assistance.

The staff at SYNERGY HomeCare are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. SYNERGY HomeCare is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable elder care in Houston, TX and the surrounding areas. Call us for more information at 713-396-5211.

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Mike Willett

Michael Willett is the owner of the Synergy HomeCare Central Houston office, but is also the Regional Director for Synergy HomeCare in South Texas.He currently acts as the owner and co-administrator of his owned & operated Synergy HomeCare franchise, but also develops the Synergy HomeCare franchise throughout Texas.Mr. Willett joined Synergy HomeCare in August of 2006 and has built a very successful franchise over the past seven years.Synergy HomeCare now has seven locations in Houston/Beaumont, Texas region, and plans to expand into several additional Texas markets within the next 12 months.Prior to his entrepreneurial venture into Synergy HomeCare, Mr. Willett was a portfolio manager for a Houston-based Investment Management firm.

Specialties: Mr. Willett is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.After graduating from undergraduate school in 1993, Mr. Willett accepted a position as an analyst within the Valuation Service Group of Price Waterhouse in Chicago, Illinois.Mr. Willett spent three years in financial consulting before transitioning into the world of investment management.

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