It requires trust and honesty in dealing with complex personal issues. As the disease progresses, the types and combinations of treatments will change. What worked in the mild stage of Alzheimer’s may no longer be appropriate for the moderate or severe stage.
In recognizing that Alzheimer’s disease presents a difficult challenge, recognize also that you don’t have to face this challenge alone. More and more, experts and health care professionals understand and emphasize the need for a team effort – a team that includes the caregivers, doctors, nurses, social workers, care manager, clinicians, friends, family and, more importantly, the person with Alzheimer’s.
One of the benefits of the increasing national focus on Alzheimer’s disease is the growing number of resources available to people with the condition and to their caregivers. What you need to do is find out how to take advantage of those resources.
If you or someone you know has received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, here are three key things to remember:
- Know your resources. In order to make use of the resources available to you, know where to find them. The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center is a key source of information in West Palm Beach, and may be able to refer you to specific resources in the community
- Ask for help. Many people dealing with Alzheimer’s, whether it be the person with the disease or the caregiver, find it difficult to ask for help. ElderCare at Home, in West Palm Beach, has a “Get Acquainted Program”, that allows you to try our services – almost like a test-drive. We’ve found that once a caregiver takes the first step, accepting help becomes easier.
- Don’t give up. Although Alzheimer’s disease will bring dramatic changes to your life, remember that there will continue to be good moments and bad moments and even, very likely, humorous moments. So, when possible, step back from the immediate demands of living and focus your mind on something else.
If you have any questions on how to manage specific symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, call us today at 800-209-4342.