Changes in Behavior Should Be Anticipated When a Senior Has Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s is the type of the disease that can change a person. There’s no cure for it at the moment, though there may be some positive indications of better treatment options. One of the key signs and symptoms family and friends need to keep in mind when somebody they love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is a change in behavior.

Often these behavioral changes have absolutely nothing to do with the inherent nature of the individual, but rather the way the disease attacks and affects the brain.

Homecare Ashland OH - Changes in Behavior Should Be Anticipated When a Senior Has Alzheimer’s

Homecare Ashland OH – Changes in Behavior Should Be Anticipated When a Senior Has Alzheimer’s

Being prepared sometimes isn’t enough.

Just because an adult child or spouse, for example, has been looking after this aging senior for a number of years, that doesn’t mean the person with Alzheimer’s won’t become verbally or even physically aggressive.

The memory loss these men and women experience as a result of Alzheimer’s can cause intense confusion and fear. Imagine waking up one afternoon from a nap, having absolutely no recognition of your surroundings and wondering what in the world is happening.

It’s during these lapses in memory when a person has no idea they are actually dealing with a devastating disease like Alzheimer’s. They might honestly believe they’re in their 20’s and have been kidnapped.

You suddenly walk in because you heard them stirring and wanted to check on them, and they scream at you. They call you names. She might even pick up the lamp and chuck it at you, curling into the corner of her bed, screaming and wailing and begging for help.

How will you react in those moments?

Even though you had heard about these tendencies associated with Alzheimer’s, you will likely be woefully unprepared when they actually happen, mostly because they will happen first at the seemingly most unexpected times.

You might be called names, accused of stealing, and you may even hear language you never thought this aging senior knew, but there it is.

If you react in the naturally instinctive defensive way most of us do, you may lash out at them, too. That is the wrong thing to do, which is why it’s so important to not just understand information about these potential changes, but how best to deal with them.

A homecare aide is often the best option.

Never underestimate the value an experienced homecare provider can offer, especially in situations just like this. Homecare providers who have worked with other seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will know what to expect, have seen it firsthand, and possess the right skill set to calm the situation down and make sure the senior is safe first and foremost.

If you are considering Homecare Services in Ashland OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
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.