Alzheimer’s Care in Caldwell, NJ: Why I Ignored My Father’s Alzheimer’s Disease Signs and Symptoms

It’s not easy to face the prospect of a loved one settling in for a long fight against an ultimately fatal disease, such as Alzheimer’s. However, the earlier that it can be detected, the more you can do as a supportive family member to help your loved one with this battle, and to help find the best Alzheimer’s care possible. For me, though, I ignored my father’s Alzheimer’s disease signs and symptoms for a long time, but I had a good reason for that.

Alzheimer's Care in Caldwell, NJFor starters, when someone you know and love, someone whom you’ve known for all of your life, like a parent, is beginning to show some signs of forgetfulness or being unable to concentrate like he or she used to, you might pass it off as them just getting older. That’s what I did when my father began to show those signs.

He had always had a pretty good memory as far as I knew, and also a stressful job. My father was a high level executive with a small company and he’d been working there for about 10 years when I first noticed that he was forgetting some simple things. In the beginning, it was just things that were going on around him, like my son’s baseball game or a charity event that he was scheduled to attend. I also noticed that he wasn’t paying attention to things that I was saying whenever we got together to have dinner or go play golf.

I wrote it off as him being overwhelmed with work. I joked about it with him, and while he laughed a bit at the idea, looking back now, I think he realized that something was different. It was like he knew that he should know or remember something, but he just couldn’t.

I just ignored that sign because I couldn’t imagine that he would be diagnosed someday with Alzheimer’s. As time marched on, I visited him one day and noticed some bills that were sitting in the corner of his kitchen counter. They hadn’t been paid. He couldn’t remember if he paid them, but I checked and he didn’t. When I noticed a brand new sports car in his garage, something that lacked judgment, I knew something was wrong. That’s when I took him to the doctor and found out that he had Alzheimer’s.

While there are things that I can still do for him with the right Alzheimer’s care, if I had been paying attention sooner, I might have been able to provide better support sooner, which could have slowed the progression of the disease.

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About Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.

Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
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