Breaking the Stigma of Alzheimer’s Disease

PCA Choice, PCA Provider agency, home care servicesEveryone that has had a friend or family member suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease understands what a tragic and heartbreaking disease it can be. For family caregivers providing Alzheimer’s home care for a loved one, the disease can present challenges that most personal care assistants don’t have to deal with.

 

In addition to the day-to-day struggles of providing Alzheimer’s home care for a senior, the stigma around the disease can make it difficult to educate your loved one about what they are experiencing. These stigmas often prevent patient from seeking help and can prevent them from living the best quality of life possible.

 

Those suffering from Alzheimer’s often struggle with stigmas and as a result, do not:

  • Seek medical treatment for symptoms
  • Make appropriate plans for the future
  • Receive a proper diagnosis
  • Develop a network of for support and guidance

 

While it can be hard to admit that someone is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, it is imperative to acknowledge this in order for the patient to live the best life possible. PCAs and family caregivers can help those living with Alzheimer’s accept their diagnosis and help them continue to lead great lives by breaking down stigmas around Alzheimer’s. Family caregivers should:

  • Be Honest: Speak openly with the Alzheimer’s home care patient about the disease and discuss options.
  • Seek Support: Find groups that offer caregiver support and education for those living with Alzheimer’s and attend regularly with your loved one.
  • Offer Education: Teach those around you and your loved one about the effects of Alzheimer’s and promote awareness.

 

Providing Alzheimer’s home care services can be a very difficult task for any home care professional or family caregiver. This task only becomes increasingly difficult as the disease progresses. The team at Best Home Care has helped many personal care assistants find support and guidance while providing in-home supportive services for Alzheimer’s patients. Contact us today to learn more about the opportunities for Alzheimer’s support and education in your community.

Preventing Alzheimer’s at Any Age

Meeting the Challenges of Caring For a Loved One with Dementia - caring for dementia patient at homeAn exciting announcement was made at the 2014 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference: Over the past 40 years, Alzheimer’s and dementia rates have steadily declined in the U.S. In fact, an American adult age 60 and older today has a 44% less chance of getting Alzheimer’s when compared with a U.S. senior citizen 30 years ago. Researchers largely attribute this reduction to improved cardiovascular risk factors and better health and wellness education among senior citizens.

While this is encouraging news, Alzheimer’s remains a devastating disease that affects over 5 million people in the U.S. The majority of these patients are over the age of 65 however; Alzheimer’s and dementia can strike at younger ages as well. Even though the disease is incurable, research has begun to shed light on ways to help prevent Alzheimer’s at any age.

As personal care assistants, it’s vitally important to monitor our senior home care patients for signs of Alzheimer’s. Taking steps to prevent this disease is also key, especially for those over the age of 65. Here are some ways you can help your home care patient’s mind stay sharp and adopt a lifestyle that helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease:

  • Eat Your Fruits & Veggies: Including more fruits and vegetables in your diet is a great way to improve your brain health.
  • Munch on Berries: The high levels of biologically active components in berries help fight memory impairment associated with beta-amyloid plaques in the brain.
  • Sip on Wine: Minerals in grape skins help protect brain cells from stress that can lead to Alzheimer’s. Grape juice makes for a great nonalcoholic substitute.
  • Stay Social: Studies have shown that an active social life and strong network of friends may help prevent Alzheimer’s.

Unfortunately, there is no sure way to prevent Alzheimer’s. However, it is never too early to take steps to lessen your chances of getting this disease. As a Minneapolis home care agency, Best Home Care has helped hundreds of at home care patients live better more independent lives. Contact us to learn more about Alzheimer home care options and ways to prevent this disease.