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How Family Can Best Support an Aging Loved One Through the Earliest Stages of Alzheimer’s

During the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s, it’s going to be extremely challenging for not just the senior, but also his or her family support system. Many of these men and women, perhaps a spouse, adult children, siblings, and others will have a lot of questions regarding the disease, the progression, signs and symptoms, and more.

Alzheimer's Care in Seneca SC: Support in the Earliest Stages

Alzheimer’s Care in Seneca SC: Support in the Earliest Stages

As people begin looking to those future years when contemplating support.

When a person is first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, it’s often easy to assume since they are still capable of attending to their own basic care now, they don’t need much more than a few reminders and people keeping tabs on them to ensure they don’t put themselves in a compromised situation.

However, routine and mental stimulation can help.

During the earliest stages of this disease, shortly after diagnosis, an elderly person should seriously contemplate hiring an experienced home care aide. That’s because when a home care provider has worked with other elderly clients diagnosed with this or some other form of dementia, they often understand the value in routine and staying mentally engaged.

Some studies do indicate that mental stimulation can delay memory loss for a time.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s at the moment, but it is potentially possible that when a senior diagnosed with this form of dementia begins exercising their brain, doing the crossword puzzle, reading, writing, playing strategic thinking games, and more, they could help to delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss for several weeks, months, or even longer (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation).

What about routine?

As this disease progresses, it will steal more and more memory and mental faculty from that individual. At some point in time this individual might be completely confused about their surroundings, not recognize their home, not be familiar with the people supporting them, and it can lead to anxiety and prospective aggressive outbursts (both physical and verbal).

During these types of situations, experienced home care aides understand that guiding them into a routine can offer some comfort that could potentially derail these physical or verbal outbursts.

The earlier that experienced and professional care is hired to work with an elderly individual diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, the more beneficial it could be at providing comfort and helping to minimize stressful and anxious situations for him or her in the years to come.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Alzheimer’s care in Seneca, SC, contact Heart of the Carolinas Home Care at 864-991-3116.  Providing Home Care Services in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Anderson, Spartanburg, Mauldin, Seneca, Laurens, Charleston, Columbia and the surrounding areas.

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Edward Harrison

Edward Harrison founded the Heart of the Carolinas Homecare in 2007 when he saw there was a need for caregivers that provide non-medical home care services, at a price that most people could afford. It was standard in the industry to require hourly minimums and it was common to be assigned a caregiver, not matched with one based on your individual personal needs. Edward understood that to make a successful relationship between caregiver and client, skills were not enough, personality and compatibility plays as much a role as do skills.

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