(November 2014)- Just in time for November’s National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, SYNERGY HomeCare, a leading in-home care organization with offices in our area, sends caregivers into the homes of the elderly to help families recognize the signs of Alzheimer’s. These caregivers work with the elderly to keep them active and engaged, which promotes both physical and mental fitness. With more seniors living longer, Alzheimer’s, the most common type of dementia, has become a national epidemic with no cure in sight.
Active and Engaged:
SYNERGY HomeCare caregivers are specially trained to work with Alzheimer’s patients. They keep the elderly engaged with activities such as:
While providing much needed respite for family caregivers, these caregivers may also help families to spot the differences between the normal signs of aging and the signs of Alzheimer’s disease.**
People's personalities do change somewhat with age.
"Alzheimer's is irreversible and has many debilitating effects, such as memory loss and changes in personality,” says Richard Basch, president of SYNERGY HomeCare. “This can be overwhelming for families of sufferers who do their best to care for aging loved ones, but often don’t have the skills. Our caregivers are specially trained in dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients to keep them safe and engaged."
Dot noticed her mom, Mary, was in trouble when she kept trying to start the keyless car she bought with a key – even though it starts with the push of a button.
Mary’s Alzheimer’s progressed slowly, but eventually, Dot had to take away her mother’s keys. That meant that Dot, a mother of two, had to take on an even bigger share of her mom’s care.
“I resented that Mom was not Mom,” says Dot. “I was not free to do all the things I wanted to do. It took time away from my family. My husband was feeling ignored by all the attention I was giving to my mother, and my blood pressure was higher than it should be. I hired a caregiver, and it improved my health and my marriage.”
A SYNERGY HomeCare caregiver now comes to Dot’s home a few days a week so she can take time for herself, whether that means working part-time or going to a movie with her husband.
Interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s? We can help you put a local “face” on this critical issue. An expert from SYNERGY HomeCare is available to talk about:
This is a timely story that affects a huge portion of your audience as we observe National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
About SYNERGY HomeCare:
Based in Gilbert Arizona, SYNERGY HomeCare is a national franchise of non-medical home care dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. Inhabit hearing perhaps on ye do no to those in need -- including seniors, expectant moms, veterans, those suffering from sports injuries, debilitating illnesses, and more. For additional information, please visit caterinca.info.
** From The Comfort of HomeTM for Alzheimer's Disease: A Guide for Caregivers, CareTrust Publications © 2008