Elderly Care in Stuart FL
June is Alzheimer and Brain Awareness Month, which was created as a way to inform the public of the dangers Alzheimer’s disease holds. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, this disease is fatal, killing more than breast and prostate cancer combined. It may start out with mild symptoms that may appear to be a part of aging, but will end with the inability to care for oneself. Most people with this disease have an elderly care aid who constantly monitors them to make sure they are safe, while also assisting with bathing, feeding, and other everyday rituals.
Alzheimer’s disease can be extremely scary without knowing the facts, but by educating yourself and everyone around you, you will be able to help your loved one cope with this condition.
Each stage of Alzheimer’s disease is different, but knowing the symptoms to expect will better prepare you or their home care provider on what is to come.
- Unable to remember names of familiar faces
- Find it challenging coming up with the right words in a conversation
- Have a difficult time completing tasks in a work or social setting
- Forgetting material that was just read
- Constantly misplacing items
- Planning and organizing becomes difficult
- The elder forgets their own personal history
- Not able to remember their own phone number or address
- Feelings of moodiness or isolation, especially when dealing with social or mental situations
- Needing assistance picking out proper clothing for the season
- Having a problem controlling the bladder or bowel movements
- Sleeping during the day, becoming restless at night, or other sleep problems
- Becoming confused over where they are or what day it is
- Begins to wander and become lost
- Changes in their personality and behavior
- An elder care aid is needed around the clock to assist the senior with personal care
- Physical abilities are greatly changed, including finding it difficult to walk, sit, and swallow
- Communicating becomes challenging
- Becomes increasingly vulnerable to infections, such as pneumonia
How to Cope
Although there is no known way to prevent this condition, there are ways you or a caregiver can help the elder cope.
- Make a list. Create a list of tasks that have become difficult for your loved one to do alone. This may include forgetting to brush your teeth or take your medication. This will give you or the senior care provider an idea of what areas your loved one needs the most help with.
- Create a daily routine. Make a plan of tasks and activities you want to complete during the day in order to make sure each day runs smoothly.
- Watch for stress triggers. There are some triggers that may cause the elder to become stressed, agitated, or anxious. Watch for what may cause these feelings to arise. For example, does your loved one seem flustered when you try to hurry them? If so, it may be time to step back and give the elder some space to accomplish the task at their own speed.
Alzheimer’s disease can be especially stressful and upsetting for both the elder and caregiver. By knowing the symptoms and how you can make daily living easier for your loved one, both of you will become more relaxed and eager to tackle various tasks.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elderly care in Stuart, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.
We are licensed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration in Florida. As a licensed nurse registry, we refer private duty caregivers to clients in need of personal care services and assistance with every day activities. We are providers of medical and non-medical health care services.
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