Providing the Right Support Network for a Loved One With Alzheimer's Disease

When your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he or she may have difficulty adjusting to the diagnosis and its implications. Depression, grief, fear, and confusion are all common emotions. You can help your loved one adjust to living with Alzheimer’s by providing the right type of support network. Enlist the help of family members, talk with your loved one’s doctors, and explore community resources for Alzheimer’s care.

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Family Members
Your loved one should enjoy the support of his or her family members during this time. He or she may especially enjoy visits from grandchildren. Your loved one can share memories of time past with the youngsters, and learn about their hobbies and interests. Your loved one’s children can also help him or her adjust to life with Alzheimer’s disease. Encourage your loved one to share his or her concerns and preferences for future care needs.

Physicians
Build a network of healthcare professionals you can trust to provide the best possible care for your loved one. Talk to your loved one’s doctors about Alzheimer’s disease and what it will mean for your loved one in the future. Discuss ways of coping with symptoms and modifying your loved one’s environment to improve safety. You can also ask the physician about how you can recognize when your loved one requires intensive Alzheimer’s care at an assisted living location.

Community Resources
Search for community resources geared toward helping seniors cope with Alzheimer’s disease. Your local senior’s center may offer support groups, classes, and activities designed for cognitive stimulation. Additionally, visit assisted living locations with your loved one to find the right one for when the time comes.

At Avalon Residential Care Homes, our mission is to provide compassionate Alzheimer’s care in a home-like setting, in which your loved one can live comfortably. Our unique approach to Alzheimer’s care respects each resident’s need for privacy, security, and independent choices. Our assisted living locations in Dallas and Fort Worth can be reached at (888) 546-7432.