Receiving an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis can really take the wind out of your senior’s sails. It can throw you for a loop, too. This is something you’ll both need to take seriously, especially if she’s not shown signs of trouble until now. How you approach this diagnosis is going to make a big difference.
Learn as Much as Possible about Alzheimer’s Disease
No matter what you already know about Alzheimer’s disease, this diagnosis brings the situation even closer to home. It’s time to collect as much information as you possibly can about the stages of Alzheimer’s disease and how it’s likely to impact your senior. There is more and more research done every year about Alzheimer’s, so there’s a lot to learn. You might also consider joining a support group to talk to other caregivers about what they’ve experienced.
Determine What Services Are Available
There are a variety of different services and agencies in most parts of the country that help caregivers and Alzheimer’s disease sufferers to manage the complications. Take the time to research what options are available in your area and what you need to do to access their assistance. Support groups can be an excellent source of information about these agencies, too.
Work out a Care Plan with Her Doctor
Your elderly family member’s doctor can give you much more specific information about her particular care plan now and in the future. This care plan may change over time, but it gives you an idea what you’re up against, especially if she has other health problems, too. As her situation changes that care plan may need to change, but her doctor can be there every step of that process.
Get Some Extra Help Now
Often caregivers and aging adults with Alzheimer’s disease want to wait before getting extra help. But what often happens is that caregivers are overwhelmed by the time they think about getting help and they’re not sure where to turn. Hire home care services providers now who can help you and your aging family member to become accustomed to her new diagnosis. They can help you both to deal with this new normal.
You can’t prepare for every single contingency after your senior’s Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. What you can do, however, is to learn as much as you can and deal with everything that comes up as quickly as possible. Putting decisions or problems aside is only going to make those issues worse.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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