What Emotions Might Your Senior Experience During the Early Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease?
Learning that your aging parent has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease can be an extremely emotional moment for you both as their adult child and as their family caregiver. It is important, however, that you remember that this is their journey and that they will be experiencing their own range of emotion in response to this diagnosis and the progression ahead of them. Preparing for these emotions and knowing how to handle them can make this difficult time smoother and healthier for both of you.
Some emotions that your senior might experience during the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease include:
• Denial. Their first thought might be that the diagnosis is wrong and they can’t possibly be dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. It is important that you encourage them to learn more about the disease and how the doctor came to the diagnosis so your parent can accept it and start focusing on their life ahead
• Fear. The knowledge that they are facing such a challenging progression can be frightening for your parent. Be there for them and offer your support so that they know that they are not alone in this experience
• Anger or resentment. It is not uncommon for a senior to get angry and bitter after such a diagnosis. They might have a “why me” attitude or get irrationally angry at what they think might have caused the disease, such as their parents for decisions that they made, or their career that the might think contributed. Allow them to express these feelings in constructive ways, but help guide them toward a more optimistic and fulfilling view
• Depression. For your parent, learning that they have Alzheimer’s disease can feel like a loss. They may think about all of the plans that they had for the future that they won’t be able to fulfill now or the functioning and independence that they will lose. This can be very sad for them. Seek out support and work with your parent to embrace that this chapter in their life is different now, but that it can still be enjoyable and meaningful
How can a caregiver help?
Starting home care for your elderly parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them. As their family caregiver, you are responsible for helping them to live the highest quality of life possible throughout their later years, and an in-home senior care services provider can help you accomplish that goal.
Through a highly personalized set of services, this care provider can step in to supplement the care that you already give your parent, filling care gaps, providing transportation, and just being there to act as a companion and source of mental and emotional support. This can ensure that your parent’s needs are met in the way that is right for them, while also helping them to stay healthy, safe, comfortable, and as fulfilled and independent as possible as they age in place.
If you or an aging senior in your life are considering hiring a caregiver in Laguna Beach, CA, please contact the caring staff at In-Home Care Solutions today. Call (949) 250-0125 to speak with our caring staff.
Dr. Kay got her medical education in Brazil.
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Dr. Kay is very active in the Health Industry. She is a member of the American Board of Home Care, the National Association of Home Care, CAHSAH, California Association of Health Services at Home. She co-chairs the education committee for the Down with Falls Coalition. Dr. Kay is in the speaker’s bureau for the coalition helping educate health care professionals and the community on fall risks, diabetes, adverse drug reaction, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dehydration and nutrition, etc…. for older adults.
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