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An Alzheimer’s Diagnosis is Only the Beginning When You Have Proper Care

Alzheimer’s Care in Charlotte, NC

Alzheimer's CareIt’s always easy to think about a certain diagnosis as being the end of life as a senior or other individual. When it comes to Alzheimer’s, with proper care it can be just the beginning.

Give them enough time to absorb the shock.

The vast majority of people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will readily admit that it didn’t come as a complete surprise, but there are those who didn’t expect that diagnosis at all. It’s important that the elderly individual has enough time to absorb the diagnosis and go through the stages of grief and moving to acceptance. Trying to force them to rush through this process can lead to resentment and other problems in the future.

Once the senior has accepted the diagnosis they now have, it’s time to talk about proper Alzheimer’s care. There will likely be family members, including adult children and maybe even a spouse, who want to step up and be there for their loved ones. That’s a noble gesture, but experience is vitally important when it comes to proper Alzheimer’s care.

Discuss the prospect of hiring an experienced home care aide who has worked with other seniors diagnosed with this form of dementia. That experience will make a difference, especially when it comes to staying active for the senior.

So why is the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s only the beginning?

The average life expectancy for somebody with this particular disease is between eight and 10 years, from the time of diagnosis. Some people can live 20 years or more with Alzheimer’s, and some will survive as long as eight or 10 years. The main goal is to encourage the senior to realize there are many good years still ahead of them, if they take advantage of all the opportunities presented to them.

What kind of opportunities exist for someone with Alzheimer’s?

During the earlier stages of the disease, somebody with Alzheimer’s can still do many of the things they used to enjoy. They may require reminders, prompts, and other forms of assistance to help them get through the day.

It’s absolutely essential that the senior remain as active as possible, including getting exercise that helps to increase circulation, oxygen flowing through the body, especially to the brain.

When the senior is active, he or she will begin to realize they can still do most of the things they enjoy, even though they may require some level of assistance along the way.


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Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith, Founder and Co-Owner of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte is hands on with every detail of Golden Heart’s business. Natalie emigrated to the United States from Ukraine. Coming to this country, she did not know a word of English and her and her mother had virtually nothing. Through hard-work and determination as well as through the assistance of social organizations, Natalie learned English, educated herself and grew to be a business owner. It was while working as a caregiver and putting herself through school that Natalie came to love working for, and with, seniors. It was this passion for taking care of others (as well as her past experience where she herself was on the receiving end of help) that led Natalie to always want to open her own home care agency. She takes a tremendous amount of pride in providing quality care to the clients of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. As such, she uses her corporate experience in management to oversee the selection and hiring of caregivers for Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. In addition, Natalie continuously engages with clients to ensure they are more than satisfied with the care they receive and constantly looks for ways to improve herself and her company.