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It is often emotionally difficult for adult children to assume a reversed role and begin to care for their own parents. This may be because many seniors resist the idea that they need help. If your loved one was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he or she may not require a structured Alzheimer’s care program right away. However, it is always ideal to begin the conversation as soon as possible to allow your loved one some time to become accustomed to the idea of moving to a new environment to receive Alzheimer’s care.
Offer Alzheimer’s Support in a Subtle Manner
Adjust your parent to the idea of accepting help by offering to share responsibilities. For example, instead of simply bringing a casserole to your loved one’s home, take the ingredients with you and share the task of preparing the meal.
Prioritize Your Concerns
When it is time to discuss moving to an Alzheimer’s care program, make a list of your concerns to talk about with your loved one. Prioritize your concerns to draw your loved one’s attention to the most critical matters. For example, rather than discussing the deteriorating state of your loved one’s housekeeping, discuss safety issues such as a recent fall. Let your loved one know that Alzheimer’s care would bring about peace of mind—both for your loved one and for the whole family.
Modify Your Conversation Style
You may need to change your conversation style to suit your loved one’s comprehension abilities. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, an individual may be able to comprehend conversations better when words are clearly enunciated and sentences are shorter. Slow down your speech a little, repeat sentences when necessary, and discuss just one main topic at a time.
When it is time for your loved one to receive additional Alzheimer’s support, consider taking a tour of the peaceful grounds at Avalon Memory Care. The home-like environment of our memory care locations facilitates the emotional wellbeing of seniors with dementia. Our Alzheimer’s caregivers invite families in Dallas and Fort Worth to call us at (214) 752-7050 to arrange a tour or to visit our website to learn more about our award-winning dementia care.
There are different types of dementia, a condition that is caused by impairment of brain function. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, and occurs when plaques and tangles form in the brain. These abnormalities disrupt the communication of the brain, leading to symptoms such as memory loss, executive planning impairment, communication difficulties, and even personality changes.
You can hear more about Alzheimer’s disease by watching this video. The expert in the clip also discusses some of the other types of dementia, including Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia, and frontal temporal dementia.
Avalon Memory Care provides compassionate Alzheimer’s and dementia care in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. Please let us know how we can help your family by calling us at (214) 752-7050.
Healthy eating can be a challenge for all seniors, but for those with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be particularly problematic. Everything from becoming overwhelmed by food choices to forgetting to eat can lead to malnutrition for those with Alzheimer’s, which in turn can exacerbate symptoms. Here are some ways to make healthy eating a little easier for those living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Serve Balanced Meals
It is normal for seniors to experience loss of appetite, but it can be even more pronounced in people with Alzheimer’s disease. That is why it is so important to make every calorie count. Serve meals that contain protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and that are low in salt, saturated fats, salt, and refined sugars. Be sure to boost hydration by offering plenty of water throughout the day.
With middle- and late-stage Alzheimer’s, mealtimes can be overwhelming. You can overcome this by simplifying how you serve meals. Instead of plating all of the food at once, serve items one at a time, such as serving chicken followed by a potato. Resist decorating the table with flowers or other items than can be distracting, and counteract visual and spatial difficulties by using plates in colors than contrast with the table. Only provide the utensils needed for the meal you are serving to avoid confusion and allow plenty of time for the meal to be finished.
Address Eating Challenges
Clear any obstacles that interfere with a person with Alzheimer’s ability to eat. For instance, get poor-fitting dentures replaced and talk to the person’s doctor about changing medications that interfere with appetite. Sometimes, helping a person with Alzheimer’s get more physical activity can also help encourage healthy eating.
At Avalon Memory Care, our mealtimes are designed with our residents with Alzheimer’s disease in mind. It is just one more way our assisted living locations in Dallas and Fort Worth create a home-like environment for your loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s. Find out more about the care we provide by calling (214) 752-7050.
If your loved one is living with a condition that causes dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, choosing a gift can be a challenge. However, you should not let that make you miss an opportunity to make your loved one feel special. There are many different gifts that are ideal for a person with dementia and that show how much you care. Here are some ideas to help with your shopping.
In the early stages of dementia, gifts that help your loved one remember things are helpful. Give items like sticky notes, erasable white boards, or pocket-sized notebooks. In these stages of dementia, your loved one may also appreciate an outing together or a collection of favorite movies. In middle- and late-stage dementia, look for gifts that stimulate the senses, like a lotion with a scent your loved one has always liked or a soft blanket. Comfortable clothing, favorite music, and framed family photos labeled with names can also be great gifts.
Your support and the assisted living services provided by Avalon Memory Care can work together to make your loved one with Alzheimer’s feel secure. For information about our Alzheimer’s care in Dallas and Fort Worth, call (214) 752-7050.