Dealing with a Parent’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Help is available after a parent's Alzheimer's diagnosis.

Even if you’ve suspected your parent may have had Alzheimer’s disease for some time, hearing the official diagnosis can be devastating. No one wants their parents to deal with an age-related disease, but millions of Americans over the age of 65 years old are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Along with the individual’s suffering, caregivers and family members are impacted by an Alheimer’s diagnosis. If you’re faced with this situation, there are some things you can do to make your life smoother, tools you can learn to be an effective caregiver to your parents. A personal counselor can be a great resource.

Give Yourself Time

Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t mean your time with your parent is short. The prognosis depends on your parent’s age and the severity of the disease. A doctor can tell you more about what to expect. In many cases, individuals will still have 10 to 15 years ahead of them, but the final years will likely be the most difficult.

Allow yourself time to let the reality sink in. Understand that this is an age-related disease, and that there’s nothing anyone could have done to prevent it. Be good to yourself, and make sure to care for your health and well-being.

Learn About the Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Many people have an idea about Alzheimer’s disease, but they don’t understand the daily realities. It’s good to be informed as much as possible because many of the things that people fear are not as much of a concern as they believe.

There are many resources online that can help you after receiving a Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

As you learn about the disease, you’ll realize there are still many activities you can do with your loved one. For example, a book that can be a good resource is Activities to do with Your Parent who has Alzheimer’s Dementia by Judith A. Levy. Talking with professionals and reading books on the subject can help you put things into perspective. After all, the time you have with your loved one now can be just as good as it was when prior to the diagnosis.

Get Support

Taking care of an aging parent can feel overwhelming. All of the emotional and mental grief along with physical care may be too much for you. Many need extra support. Allow your family members and friends to help you. You don’t have to do it all on your own. You deserve to have others care for you and your parent, as much as you feel it’s your responsibility.

Consider home care options for your parent. This will make it easier for you to continue your life while knowing your loved one is being cared for properly.

It’s also important to have someone to talk to, such as a personal consultant. Connect with a professional who is familiar with your situation and has worked with Alzheimer’s disease caregivers and their loved ones. Help is available.

Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.

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