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Just Because Mom Has Alzheimer’s Doesn’t Mean She Doesn’t Care about Her Health

Alzheimer’s Care in Durham NH

If your mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it probably led to a number of questions and concerns that you and other family members had, not only about her current health but what to Alzheimer’s-Care-Durham-NHexpect in the future. It’s incredibly important for family members or anyone else who plans to support an aging loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to understand the signs and symptoms of this disease.

While your mother may have gone through a period of time in which she was depressed, anxious, and maybe even angry and in denial about the diagnosis, that shouldn’t be taken as a sign that she no longer cares about her health. You may have noticed in recent weeks that she’s not taking care of herself, isn’t too concerned about the foods she eats, and has tended to withdraw from many of the activities she used to enjoy.

This may very well be a serious situation that has to be addressed, but it is more likely the process of coping with a diagnosis such as Alzheimer’s.

October is Health Literacy Month and it’s a good idea for you and anyone else in the family, including your mother’s friends, to sit down and talk about this disease, the diagnosis, how it’s going to affect each and every one of you, and how your mother feels about it. She may have reached a point of acceptance, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to give up on her health.

Many people can easily assume a loved one will stop caring about their health because Alzheimer’s is considered a terminal disease. There is no cure for it, but that doesn’t mean quality of life will diminish immediately. Depending on how much mental stimulation the individual gets, whether or not they eat healthy, get exercise, and stay active, that can have a direct impact on the severity of the disease as it moves into the middle and later stages of it.

In fact, somebody who gets regular mental stimulation -by doing puzzles, the crossword puzzle, playing strategic thinking games, and more- they are going to help delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss in some situations.

Your mother may be scared and unsure about what to expect in the future, but that doesn’t mean she’s giving up. Help her learn as much as she can about this disease, how it will affect her, and the things she can do now that can make a positive impact on quality of life in the years ahead.

If you or someone you know needs the help of caregiver services near Durham, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (603) 609-0166 for more information.

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Martha Berk, RN

Owner and Administrator at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care, LLC
Martha Berk has been a registered nurse specializing in geriatrics for more than 20 years. Her goal was to create a company that would allow seniors to stay in their homes and enjoy the home life they always had. She believes seniors should not have to give up the lives they have always known just because they need a helping hand. She is committed to help seniors maintain quality of life and live every moment to the fullest!