What Kinds of Changes Might You Notice in the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease with Your Senior?

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So many changes come with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. One that might be more difficult for you and your aging adult to manage can be the communication problems that Alzheimer’s can bring. Here are just a few of the ways that your communication might change with your elderly family member.

Elder Care Shelby OH - What Kinds of Changes Might You Notice in the Early Stages of Alzheimer's Disease with Your Senior?

Elder Care Shelby OH – What Kinds of Changes Might You Notice in the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease with Your Senior?

Trouble Finding Words for Common Items

Once in a while you may even have trouble finding the right word for an object or concept. On its own, this doesn’t mean that you or your elder family member has a problem. But as Alzheimer’s disease progresses, this becomes a much more common circumstance. Your aging family member might even start to resort to describing objects when she can’t remember the names for them. Try labeling objects to help make this easier.

Losing Track of Her Thoughts

Your elderly family member may be speaking and suddenly not remember where she was going with what she was saying. This can be incredibly frustrating for her, so try not to rush her when she’s sharing information with you. Sometimes she can find her way back to what she was trying to tell you.

Cutting Back on Talking Completely

Communication can become so difficult for aging adults with Alzheimer’s disease that some may stop talking completely. This can be really tough for you to deal with as her caregiver, especially since you’re relying on input from her to meet her needs. She may start using gestures or flash cards if you offer those to her. The key is to find a way to communicate, even if she’s not comfortable talking anymore.

Reverting to a Native Tongue

Your elder family member might revert to an original language that she learned as a child. This happens because Alzheimer’s disease tends to decimate more recent memories first, leaving some of the oldest memories intact. If this is happening with your elderly family member, consider hiring elder care providers who can also speak the language your senior speaks to help facilitate care.

Even with communication difficulties, you can still let your elder family member know that you’re there for her and that you’ll always be there for her.

If you are considering Elder Care Services in Shelby 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: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.