The Family's Guide to Coping With Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of Americans and countless family members. It is never easy for family members to accept a devastating diagnosis. It is important for you and other family members to cope with your emotions in a healthy manner. However, understand that your loved one will need a great deal of support from you—both emotional and otherwise. Your family members can prepare themselves to provide Alzheimer’s care in the early stages of the disease by learning more about what they can expect. It is also important to begin researching local Alzheimer’s care locations, since the symptoms will grow progressively more severe over time and your loved one will require full-time help.

Understanding What to Expect
Consult your loved one’s doctor regarding what you can expect as the disease progresses. Ask the doctor for references to additional resources, such as authoritative books and websites. It is always advisable to understand the symptoms your loved one will experience, rather than to be caught off guard. For example, when your loved one experiences personality and mood changes, you will understand that these are Alzheimer’s symptoms and you should not take offense.

Coping with Challenging Emotions
It is perfectly natural to feel strong emotions after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. You may feel anticipatory grief, and you may feel depressed and stressed out. You may wish to speak with a professional counselor about your experiences. Additionally, take the time to care for your own well-being. Allot time in your schedule for physical activity and other enjoyable pursuits, such as reading or spending time with friends.

Building a Support Network
Family caregivers often find support groups to be beneficial. A support group can provide an outlet for your emotions. Its members may also help you decide when it is time to move your loved one to an Alzheimer’s care location.

If you decide to move your senior loved one to Avalon Memory Care, you can feel the peace of mind that comes from knowing that he or she is being well taken care of within a comfortable, secure environment. Our home-like memory care locations include spacious living arrangements, secured outdoor areas, private visitation areas, and so much more. Families in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas may request more information about our Alzheimer’s care locations by calling (214) 752-7050.