How much does the average person know about Alzheimer’s? Maybe a family member was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Perhaps your neighbor, or family friend’s parent was diagnosed. Many know very little about Alzheimer’s, but since September is World Alzheimer’s Month now is a great time to raise awareness. It is important to understand what Alzheimer’s is, how it progresses, and what families can do to support their diagnosed loved ones.
There is a stigma around Alzheimer’s disease. Many people assume that if you receive this diagnosis your life is over. However, this is far from the truth. Depending on how the disease progresses an aging senior is still able to care for themselves, to an extent. Some may need assistance and reminders, but this is after the first stage.
Mental Stimulation is Important
Many emphasize the importance of mental stimulation to reduce the risk of dementia. However, few talk about the importance of simulation after being diagnosed. Studies have show that mental stimulation in the earlier sages of Alzheimer’s may help slow the progression of memory loss. This is important to express to those suffering, so that they face less challenges in the future.
Support Makes a Difference
For the most part, family and friends are the ones providing support to those with Alzheimer’. Providing physical assistance, reminders, assistance with doctors appointments, and much more. What many fail to realize is that experience plays a role in care to those with Alzheimer’s. For example, home care professionals can help the integrity of relationships. These professionals have strategies that are more effective and safer.
Although a senior may be taking care of themselves for the most part now, planning ahead will make a difference. For Alzheimer’s Awareness month, consider becoming knowledgeable about this disease. You can make a big difference in the life of a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.