So many things change for your entire family when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Many of these changes affect how your senior is able to communicate and think through the different aspects of her life that were always so easy before she developed Alzheimer’s disease.
Your Senior Might Have Trouble Communicating
As your elderly family member’s brain changes, the way she communicates also changes. It might be more difficult for her to find words when she’s speaking to you or writing. She may also find that she loses her train of thought while she’s in the middle of talking to someone. This can be extremely disconcerting, especially if she’s never experienced this kind of trouble before.
Her Attention Span Might Be Much Shorter
In the past, your senior may have been able to follow long conversations, complicated movies, or the plot of her favorite book. Alzheimer’s disease can alter her attention span, however, and leave her feeling lost when she loses track of what is going on.
Step-by-step Tasks Are Way More Complicated
It’s amazing how many normal, daily tasks are actually made up of smaller steps that people follow without having to think much about them. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease makes it more difficult for your senior to follow those steps easily. She may forget how to get dressed or how to make a favorite dish. You, family members, and home care providers can all help by prompting her with the next step or helping her follow a checklist.
She Might Feel Frustrated More Often
Keep in mind that these changes may make your senior feel much more frustrated than she ever has been in the past. She’s experiencing big changes that she can’t control. It’s especially difficult when communicating with you and other people she cares about becomes unpredictable. Practice patience as much as you can and remind your elderly family member that you’re there for her.
There are plenty of other changes that you and other family members might notice in your aging adult if she’s developed Alzheimer’s disease. Work with her doctor to understand the changes and what you can do to help her as much as possible.