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Talking to Your Loved One about Alzheimer’s in Maple Grove

Sep 14, 2018 by Kelly Lindell

Talking to a parent or loved one about Alzheimer’s is challenging. If the older adult already suffers from memory loss or other symptoms of dementia, a rational discussion might not even be possible. Still, you can approach this tough topic with love and compassion.

 

Get the Diagnosis First

Confusion, forgetfulness, mood swings, and character changes can originate from medical issues aside from Alzheimer’s. Remind your older loved one about this so that he or she is willing to get a complete examination from the doctor. If you make the medical appointment part of a fun-filled day that includes lunch, golf, shopping, or something else that’s fun, it will be better for both of you.

 

If the Diagnosis Is Confirmed

If the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is confirmed, your next step will be to have an open conversation, depending on your relationship. Your loved one might have been suspecting this dreaded diagnosis already and you might be able to have an honest conversation. In any case, you’ll need to reassure this aging adult that you will be there throughout this challenging time. The diagnosis sometimes creates embarrassment or withdrawal, but families that openly discuss everything are typically better off, and it leaves the patient with less anxiety about the future.

 

Continually reassure your parent or loved one that you won’t abandon them. Keep the conversations going with these suggestions:

  • Depending on the current state of mind, ask the patient to be involved in medical, legal, financial, long-term care, and end-of-life decisions, if possible.
  • Keep in mind that your aging loved one might not be able to understand the diagnosis.
  • Gather family, specific caring friends, or a favorite clergy member when planning to talk candidly about the diagnosis for the first time.
  • Repeatedly reassure your loved one that you won’t abandon them.
  • While the disease progresses, stay as open as possible in conversations. Talk about the present and upcoming challenges - the ability to work, drive, and take care of money.
  • Allow the patient to talk about frustration, anger, or disappointment, and know that it’s all normal.
  • Contact a doctor if signs of depression become visible.

 

Comfort Keepers® can help with Alzheimer’s patients

Our professional in-home caregivers can provide loving assistance to your loved one with Alzheimer’s. Call Comfort Keepers of Maple Grove today at (763) 219-1748 to talk about our Alzheimer Care and how it could help your loved one. 

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