Bringing up the topic of “Alzheimer’s disease” at your next summer pool party is a sure fire way to turn a festive atmosphere into a subdued atmosphere. We’ve long been told (and perhaps witnessed firsthand) all of the negative connotations and associations that go along with the disease. And because there is still not even a cure, it’s natural that an Alzheimer’s medical diagnosis in a family member creates various worries.
What isn’t as frequently mentioned – if at all – are the bright experiences of dementia. In fact, studies have shown that as few as 25% of people with mild or moderate dementia self-describe their own lives as negative. As outlined by Dr. Peter Rabins, author of “The 36-Hour Day” where the study is outlined, and a professor at the University of Maryland, “I’ve seen that you can be a wonderful grandparent and not remember the name of the grandchild you adore. You can be with people you love and enjoy them, even if you’re not following the whole conversation.”
It can help to bear in mind that regardless of the outward changes found in those that have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, they are nevertheless the same person inside with many of the same character traits and feelings as always. They take pleasure in being in a relationship with other people, find comfort in familiar surroundings, and enjoy meaningful, purposeful tasks. It’s a matter of taking the time to better understand the particular person and investing quality time to engaging in hobbies that he or she enjoys.
There are a number of ways you can help nurture wellbeing and a favorable outlook for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, even while the disease advances. Socializing is at the top of our list of recommendations. So many relatives are apprehensive and self-conscious around their family member with dementia, and consequently, are more likely to cut back on visits or even abandon them entirely. It’s crucial to search out ways to help your loved one stay socially connected. Continue to visit, and hire the services of a professional home caregiver, such as Atlanta Home Care Partners provides, to fill in the gaps.
Call us at 404.228.0103 for further suggestions or to explore more ways to support a family member with dementia to improve quality of life. Our specially trained Alzheimer’s Atlanta disease care team is readily available to deliver trustworthy respite services, allowing family members crucial time away to rest and refresh, knowing their loved one is in the absolute best of care.