What Can You Do if Your Senior Believes She’s Developing Alzheimer’s Disease?

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Sometimes aging adults experience cognitive changes or memory troubles and become concerned that they’re developing Alzheimer’s disease. If that’s the case for your senior, there are some steps you need to take in order to help her to approach the topic from a fact-based standpoint. Once you have answers, you’ll know how to best proceed.

Elder Care Bellville OH - What Can You Do if Your Senior Believes She’s Developing Alzheimer’s Disease?

Elder Care Bellville OH – What Can You Do if Your Senior Believes She’s Developing Alzheimer’s Disease?

Ask Her Why She Believes She’s Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

Try to avoid any sort of knee jerk reactions when your senior brings this topic up. If she truly is afraid she’s developing Alzheimer’s disease, she has reasons and you need to know what they are. Talk about whatever she’s willing to talk about with you and try to refrain from making any proclamations about what you think just yet.

Evaluate Her Medical History and Her Family History

Often people with Alzheimer’s disease have a family history of some sort with the condition. Talk with your elderly family member about what she knows about that family history. It might also be a good idea to talk with her about her medical history, both in the past and more recently. There are a lot of health issues that contribute to memory problems, and these may be part of what’s going on.

Make an Appointment with the Doctor

The next concrete step is to bring this issue up with your senior’s doctor. Make an appointment and you and your senior can share what you know about what’s going on. In the past, Alzheimer’s disease was a little more difficult to diagnose until later stages. Now there are tests and other diagnostic tools that your senior’s doctor can use to get a diagnosis as early as possible. The earlier you confirm whether this is actually Alzheimer’s disease or not, the better for your senior and for you.

Bring in Some Extra Help

Whatever the answer is after your senior’s doctor has finished evaluating her, it might be a good idea to have some extra help around. Your senior may be more comfortable knowing that you and elder care providers are there to help her with whatever needs to be done. Sometimes the stress of worrying about so much can contribute to memory problems, so this can help on many different levels.

Being afraid of Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t mean your senior is definitely developing it. But it can help you to talk more about how she’s feeling and what might be on the horizon for her in terms of her health. And if she is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s better to know sooner rather than later.

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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.