Senior Care in Sharon PA: Why I Ignored My Father’s Alzheimer’s disease Signs and Symptoms?

It’s not easy to face the prospect of a loved one settling in for a long fight against an ultimately fatal disease, such as Alzheimer’s.  However, the earlier that it can be detected, the more you can do as a supportive family member to help your loved one with this battle, and to help find the best Alzheimer’s care possible.  For me, I ignored my father’s Alzheimer’s disease signs and symptoms for a long time, but I had a good reason for that.Senior Care Sharon PA

For starters, when someone you know and love, someone whom you’ve known for all of your life, like a parent, is beginning to show some signs of forgetfulness, or being unable to concentrate like he or she used to, you might pass it off as them just getting older.  That’s what I did when my father began to show those signs.

He had always had a pretty good memory as far as I knew, and also a stressful job.  My father was a high level executive with a small company and he’d been working there for about 10 years when I first noticed that he was forgetting some simple things.  In the beginning, it was just things that were going on around him, like my son’s baseball game, or a charity event that he were scheduled to attend.  I also noticed that he wasn’t paying attention to things that I was saying whenever we got together to have dinner, or go play golf.

I wrote it off as him being overwhelmed with work.  I joked about it with him, and while he laughed a bit at the idea, looking back now, I think he realized that something was different.  It was like he knew that he should know or remember something, but he just couldn’t.

I just ignored that sign, because I couldn’t imagine that he would be diagnosed someday with Alzheimer’s.  As time marched on, I visited him one day and noticed some bills that were sitting in the corner of his kitchen counter.  They hadn’t been paid. He couldn’t remember if he paid them, but I checked and he didn’t.  When I noticed a brand new sports car in his garage, something that lacked judgment, I knew something was wrong.  That’s when I took him to the doctor and found out that he had Alzheimer’s.

While there are things that I can still do for him with the right Alzheimer’s care, if I had been paying attention sooner, I might have been able to provide better support sooner, which could have slowed the progression of the disease.

The caregivers at CareGivers Plus are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. CareGivers Plus is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable senior   care in Sharon PA,  and the surrounding areas. Call 724-638-7110 for more information.

About Robert Devine

Robert Devine is Owner and Administrator at Caregivers Plus Home Health Care of Hermitage, PA.

Whether it’s conversation and company, or just eating a meal together, having someone to sit and visit with can help make for a happier, healthier life.

Caregivers Plus has been operating as a locally owned family-operated home care agency in Mercer County since 1994.
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