Dealing with an aging parent can be extremely difficult, especially if they are showing signs of Alzheimer’s, which affects more than 5 million Americans. Because this debilitating disease is so scary, it’s important you are getting the necessary help not just for your aging parent, but for you as well.
Here are a few people who you should consider talking to that will help you prepare for your family’s upcoming fight against this degenerative brain disease:
- Their doctor — Once you begin noticing signs of what seems to be Alzheimer’s in your aging parent, you should immediately schedule a doctor’s appointment. Not only will their doctor be able to identify whether or not your parent does, in fact, have Alzheimer’s, they will be able to help you understand the next steps. You’ll need to discuss medication, future care, and various other health aspects, so you should consult with an experienced doctor.
- Nursing home professionals — There are plenty of quality nursing homes that provide memory care and additional assistance to struggling elders.
- People who are going through the same thing — Sometimes talking to just medical professionals can be a little much. Though discussing Alzheimer’s symptoms and what care is necessary is important, it can also be nice to talk to someone who has been in the same situation as you. You might not hear that it gets easier with time or anything like that, but you’ll at least be comforted knowing that other people are there to support you and your family and have experienced the same issues that your family is going through.
- Your best friends — Dealing with family struggles can feel like the most difficult challenge in the world. Don’t just stress yourself out with medical conversations and sadness all the time — get outside and have fun with your friends as much as possible to help clear your mind.
If you’re ready to get your aging mother or father the assistance they need to help cope with their Alzheimer’s, call Vista Del Lago’s nursing home today.