The word Alzheimer’s is a frightening one for many. It is sometimes associated with the end of the road or life cycle. It’s a sad reality for families across the nation. However, what about those who are diagnosed with it? How do they keep a positive mentality when everyone assumes it’s the end? This month is Boomers Making a Difference Month for somebody who is considered a baby boomer and was recently diagnosed with Alzheimers. It may have them feeling that their best years are behind them considering they will begin to lose their memory, the physical challenges, and forgetting snippets of their life. For most, this reality is like a gaping hole that is both debilitating and depressing.
They Don’t Give Up
Seniors will feel like they’re going to be dependent on everyone else. They won’t make a difference in life any longer. This is a false assumption though. It doesn’t matter what age, race, background, or belief system you have. You can make a difference. While memory loss is the most significant symptom, what makes a difference is the strength seniors show during these trialing times. They don’t give up on life or activities. Their friends or families support them, but more importantly, they don’t give up on themselves.
Focusing on Goals
A short-term goal for someone with Alzheimer’s could be to exercise regularly. They can keep their body in top condition. In addition, they can focus on eating healthier and concentrate on exercising their brain with stimulation. Medical scientists and research shows that mental stimulation can slow down the progression of the disease. In retrospect, long term goals, discuss utilizing experienced care like home health aides to assist Alzheimer’s patients with staying at home and being somewhat independent. It is certainly possible considering the home care services that are available today. Unfortunately, some families don’t quite understand how Alzheimer’s works, thus, they can be overwhelmed quickly by the care treatment plans required.
Value of Support and Being Humble
The final reason to consider this as a time to reflect and feel valuable is because families let their guard down. We are caught in our lives and sometimes we don’t realize that asking for help takes courage. During this transition, Alzheimer’s patients remind us that support and being humble are core beliefs. It’s okay to ask for help. As we age, we are reminded that we are human and being human requires us to be supportive during times that require it.