Starting the Conversation about Alzheimer's Care

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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.