Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that affects the memory, thinking skills and other cognitive functions. More than 5.5 million Americans age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s. Even though this disease is common, it affects people in different ways and at different rates. This can make it more difficult to determine when you should seek help for your loved one.
Essentially, you can seek help for Alzheimer’s whenever you feel comfortable. But there are certain signs to watch for that indicate disease progression. Below you’ll find more information on when to bring in support for your loved one.
Signs that it’s Time to Seek Help for Someone with Alzheimer’s
There is no right or wrong time to enlist help for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. It depends on the person’s needs and how your family is able to help. However, no matter how hands on your family is, your loved one will eventually need help as they progress through the stages of Alzheimer’s.
Here are some signs that indicate the need for support:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life. People with Alzheimer’s eventually have trouble doing everyday things like cooking meals, paying bills and driving a car. As they experience more difficulty with everyday tasks, you’ll want to seek help.
- Wandering. Six out of 10 people with dementia will wander. This can be dangerous but most families can’t provide around-the-clock attention. At this point, your loved one will need someone to watch over them.
- Personality changes. Some people get angry or violent with dementia. It’s best to get trained help to assist with these outbursts to protect yourself and your loved one.
- Isolation and loneliness. It’s common for people with dementia to struggle with loneliness. They may lose friends and grow increasingly distant. Arranging time for your loved one to spend with caregivers can prevent senior isolation.
- You are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or worried. If you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, it’s time to seek help. A home health aide can spend time with your loved one while you take some time for yourself.
It’s never too early to seek help for someone with Alzheimer’s. Home care can be easily adjusted to fit your loved one’s immediate needs. Not only can outside services help your loved one manage their symptoms, but also you can get support for yourself as well. To learn more about the Alzheimer’s services available through VNA Health Group, contact us today.