A family member receiving a diagnosis that they have Alzheimer’s is a traumatic and shocking experience.To help your loved one try to feel more comfortable about their future it is important that you do all you can to help them through their difficult time. Having a aunt that suffers from Alzheimer’s I have five tips that can help your family try to handle this diagnosis the best as any one could expect.
Make sure your family member knows that Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain and not a mental illness. They will already be feeling guilty about the diagnosis and you do not want them to feel any stigma or embarrassment also. Make sure they understand that they did nothing to bring this on themselves, they will probably be thinking they are to blame for getting Alzheimer’s .
Help Prepare A Simple Routine For Them
Early after receiving a Alzheimer’s diagnosis is the best time to help your family member simplify their routine. As their disease progresses and their symptoms get worse tasks that we think of as simple will become increasingly difficult. You want to help them make their daily life as easy on them as possible by cutting back on tasks they don’t need to do. And in this process you can help them set up ways to get through their day and still be able to accomplish some things so they do not feel totally out of control and helpless.
Remind Them To Try To Patient With Themselves
Coming to terms with such a life changing diagnosis will take time for them to process and they will go through many emotions. It will be easy for them to become frustrated and get easily stressed during this period. While trying to help them deal with the reality of Alzheimer’s make sure they are trying to stay as calm as they can and taking care of themselves properly.
Reach Out To Others
People with Alzheimer’s will have different ways of trying to handle this diagnosis, you will need to help your loved one find ways that are right for them. First you need to make sure they understand that all their family and friends will continue to help them daily. It is also in their best interest if you can get them to go to a support group. The love of their family and friends is vital but they also need to be in touch with professionals and others dealing with a Alzheimer’s diagnosis. They will be able to discuss their feelings, symptoms and worries with people who can relate.
Make A Long Term Plan
Not long after your loved you gets diagnosed it is important to sit down with them and map out their future wishes. As the Alzheimer’s progresses this would be harder to do and you want to be sure you are able to honor their wishes for their care. Make sure this plan takes care of future paperwork and legal issues they may arise. Also be sure to cover their future health care, how and where they want to be cared for when the time comes when they are unable to do so for themselves. Be sure to thoroughly cover medical and financial management so this will not cause issues in the future.