Making decisions is a part of everyday life. From the time you get up until the time you go to bed, you are making decisions that shape your daily life and impact your health, well-being, and quality of life. Some people are known to be better decision-makers than others, but occasionally making a wrong decision, or using poor judgment in a specific situation, is normal for all people. As a family caregiver, it is important to recognize that changes in your senior's judgment, or in the decisions they make, can be more than just changes in how they see the world. Instead, these types of difficulties can be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease. This is thought to be related to how the disease impacts the structure of the brain, and how cognitive functioning and interpretation of consequences and cause and effect relationships change as a result. It is not that your aging parent is no longer as intelligent, but rather they are no longer capable of the same type of thought processes.
Some examples of poor decision-making or poor judgment that could be indicators of Alzheimer's disease include:
- Eating only the same foods for long stretches of time
- Not grooming themselves regularly or properly
- No longer paying as close attention to their personal hygiene
- Giving large amounts of money to charities, telemarketers, or other organizations
- Making large, unnecessary purchases such as going to the store and buying excessive quantities of an item even if they are the only person who will use them
- Saying inappropriate things to others
- Dressing inappropriately, such as trying to go out only in their underwear, or wearing a combination of summer and winter clothes at the same time
If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with Alzheimer's disease, one of the best decisions you can make for them is to start home care. Introducing an in-home senior care services provider into your care routine with your aging parent is a meaningful and effective way to ensure your senior always has access to the care they need. The customizable, flexible nature of the services offered by a home care provider means your parent, and you as their family caregiver, can feel confident they will have the support they need to manage these challenges and limitations now, and that when their needs change with the progression of the disease, the care will change and increase as well to continue meeting them in the ways that are best for your parent.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care services in Greenwood Village, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today. Call us at (303) 756-9322.