If you have recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you may be experiencing a wide range of difficult emotions. From fear, confusion, despair or resentfulness, learning to cope with the emotions that accompany a dementia diagnosis takes time, especially as you learn more about your disease and what your life might look like in the future. Among the greatest concerns of newly diagnosed individuals is the fear of losing their independence.
As dementia progresses, simple activities such as finishing a meal can become frustrating challenges. The cognitive decline that individuals with dementia experience causes several changes in the brain that can affect their ability to eat and drink without struggle. Often, their senses of taste and smell change, turning food bland and leaving them with little appetite. Motor issues can make it hard to hold utensils. In the latest stages of the disease, individuals may have trouble chewing and swallowing.
Seniors with dementia often face a number of troubling symptoms. From increased anxiety and depression to decreased ability to sleep and relax, seniors and their caregivers can struggle to find relief. Although there are medicines that can help, there runs a risk of negative reactions and side effects that can cause more harm than good, but doing nothing is simply not an option.
Many seniors have worked hard their entire lives to be able to afford the retirement lifestyle of their dreams. Many picture beaches, a warm location, activities to do on a daily basis and the peace of mind of knowing care is available if it’s ever needed. Those may seem like far away dreams, but with smart shopping, knowing what you want and never settling for less than what you deserve, this type of retirement lifestyle can be your reality.
When you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or one of the many other forms of dementia, you may be quick to think that your life will never be the same. While it’s true your life might not be exactly the same as it was before, it doesn’t mean that you can’t live inspired, engaged and fulfilled days. In fact, with the right mindset, approach to care and opportunities, your life can continue being exceptional.