People are often looking for alternative treatments for any number of serious ailments. There have been numerous stories about men and women who have been diagnosed with certain diseases and told by doctors there’s nothing more they can do. They are encouraged to seek the right support and consider hospice for the months ahead, but then they decided to try something different: they changed their diet.
They eliminated processed foods, focused on organic meals, and suddenly their symptoms turned around and they healed over time. This does not mean these strategies are effective for everyone, or even a minority of people, but sometimes, when a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they may be looking for alternative treatments like this as well.
Hope springs eternal.
It’s true that when people have hope it creates a more positive environment. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but that doesn’t mean nothing can be done to provide comfort or improve quality of life for the years ahead.
There are strategies that can help.
One of the best early strategies for somebody recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is to begin developing a routine. Maybe they’ve already had a routine in place for several years, but once they reached retirement age, that routine could have changed. Maybe they started waking up a little bit later, doing things differently than they had for 40 years during their working life, and so on. Right now is a time to develop concrete routines, not just in the morning, but in the afternoon and evening hours.
How could these routines help?
When a person becomes forgetful, they could get confused, anxious, and even angry or belligerent. That confusion can cause a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. If they can be guided into one of those routines, it can provide comfort and that can go a long way toward helping them step back from those aggressive tendencies.
Another strategy is to encourage mental stimulation.
Even though people associate mental stimulation as reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, there are some indications that it can also help delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation). This could be for a few months or even a couple of years. Every person is different and just because somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 73 doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a high quality of life well into their late 70s, with the right focus early on.
Finally, experienced support is incredibly important and just because family may be more than willing to rally around them doesn’t mean they’re the best suited to provide comfort for the senior in the short-term and long-term process of the disease.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Sugar Land, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
During his eight-year tenure as an administrator, Mr. Gerber was responsible for managing and coordinating caregivers and long-term care professionals in the ultimate delivery of quality care and providing a quality of life for countless residents in the three skilled nursing facilities that he managed.
He has also spoken with numerous groups of adult children and their parents on subjects such as long-term care housing options available today, tips on how to select a long-term care provider, assessing when it’s time to consider long-term care, the caregiver’s role reversal when caring for an aging parent, how to legally make your long-term health care wishes known to other family members and health care providers, and how to finance long-term care.
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