A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating to seniors and their families. However, Alzheimer’s disease does not necessarily diminish a senior’s memory and ability immediately, so it’s important to discuss a senior loved one’s wishes and arrange for assisted living sooner rather than later. To learn more about what to expect and how to cope with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, keep reading.
- Coming to Terms with a Diagnosis
An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is distressing for both seniors and their families. Everyone will need some time to come to terms with the diagnosis, which may cause sadness, confusion, and uncertainty. Don’t let seniors become isolated during this time—reach out to your loved one and let him or her know that you will work through any possible outcomes together. Having a support group even within your own family can help everyone cope with the implications of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis in a healthy way.
- Planning Ahead
One of the most important things to do after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is to begin planning for any necessary care and supervision. Making plans while the senior is able to contribute his or her own wishes is of utmost importance; even if the subject isn’t one you and your family want to face, it’s important to discuss future living arrangements and medical care as soon as possible. Visit assisted living communities to choose one that the senior finds comfortable and equipped to handle his or her changing needs.
- Beginning Care
Although Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease with no known cure, there are treatments and exercises to keep seniors as healthy and happy as possible. Many seniors remain active and are encouraged to live in retirement communities where they can take part in social activities while still receiving the individualized care they need. Talk to your doctor about memory and physical exercises for seniors and help your loved one establish routines to make his or her life easier.
If your loved one has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, consider life at San Clemente Villas by the Sea in Orange County. We are a retirement resort for active seniors, offering assisted living and other care. For more information, visit us on the web or call (949) 485-4028.