Millions of people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the U.S. It’s not surprising if you know someone with Alzheimer’s. It could be your mom or dad.
When a parent has Alzheimer’s, there is a large learning curve. It’s not too bad in the early stages, but the disease will progress. As it does, communicating with your parent is a challenge.
Here are some of the reasons why it’s hard and how to deal with it.
Aphasia is a language disorder caused by the deterioration or damage in the brain. It’s commonly found in stroke victims and Alzheimer’s patients. It makes it hard for your parent to come up with the right words when talking to you. It also makes it hard for them to understand what you’re saying.
When aphasia sets in, you need to watch how and what you say. It’s not easy to do this when you’ve spent years talking. Cut sentences to five words or less. Avoid difficult vocabulary. Keep everything as simple as possible.
Many Alzheimer’s patients are mad. They’re mad that they can’t make their brain work like it used to. They’re mad that they got the disease. When this happens, your parent won’t want to listen to reason. As hard as it is, you’ll probably hear that your parent would rather kill him/herself than reach the point where bodily functions are lost.
When your mom or dad is having a moment of anger, anything you try to say will be met with rage. It’s best to sit and listen and not say a word. If your parent becomes physically or verbally abusive, it’s okay to walk away and return after the moment of anger passes.
Face Front and Look at Your Parent
Hearing difficulties may appear, too. If you notice your mom or dad is having a harder time hearing you from across the room, make sure conversations are face to face. Look right at your parent when you talk. Don’t shout, but make sure your volume is loud enough and doesn’t get softer at points.
Caring for an aging parent who has Alzheimer’s is so very difficult. It’s tough to watch the decline. It’s hard to handle the rage and agitation that can be directed your way. Take care of yourself. Senior care agencies work with families to make sure they’re taking breaks. Call our senior care agency to arrange respite care now.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Senior Care Services in Plainview NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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