Senior’s Grace

Each day bring with it God’s aging grace. As we are dealing with loved ones (seniors) who might be battling neurocognitive disorder caused by Alzheimer’s disease, we as family or professional caretakers must remember to operate through God’s grace.
The medical industry (American Psychiatric Association) has categorized Alzheimer dementia as a major or mild neurocognitive disorder. The disease is commonly seen among the older generation (this does not eliminate the younger population). It has been known to attack people who are forty years old. It is a progressive subtle disorder.
Symptoms:
In the early stages, the person remains alert, active, and aware. He or she may have trouble remembering some recent events.
Our loved ones may develop the inability to use language, or recognize objects or people that they should be familiar with.
As the disease progress, one’s loved parent or grandparent can experience difficulty with learning new things, abstract thinking, judgment, impulse control, and problem solving.
The changes within the Alzheimer’s lifestyle may disrupt his or her social and or occupational functioning.
What can caretaker do when interacting with our loved one going through Alzheimer?
• Remember there is nothing too hard for God, no sickness or disease He cannot cure.
• Keep the faith.
• Love on our loved one.
• Never treat them like they are our children. If they need help with remembering to take their medication, then help. If they are still capable of maintaining their personal hygiene, let them.
• Spend time praying with and for them.
• Spend quality and quantity time with them.
• Always speak God’s word over and to them.
• Make sure we are taking me-time, praying for self, spending personal time in God’s word, and monitoring our emotional states.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart” (Psalms 91: 1-4 NIV).
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