Chief Operations Manager Ryan Vucina of Vucina Construction in Pacific Grove, California, has over 11 years of experience as a highly accomplished, results-driven construction professional. Ryan Vucina led his firm to win the 2014 Santa Lucia Preserve Design Review’s Best Construction Site award, and the company was recognize in the Monterey Herald for constructing the first Alzheimer’s facility in Monterey.
When a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you can provide support and help to plan for the future. In the early stages, those with Alzheimer’s may experience only mild changes and not outwardly appear to have dementia. During this stage, which can last for years, you can help your loved one to function as independently as possible. Talk about his or her wishes for financial, legal, and care decisions as soon as possible in order to honor these wishes as the disease progresses.
You can help provide practical help to your loved one by staying organized and maintaining routines with medications and appointments, managing finances, and keeping a calendar as needed. You can also give emotional support and keep communicating. Encourage your loved one to stay active with activities he or she enjoys, and find a good support group in your area. Care for yourself, as well, and prepare yourself mentally for the next stages by anticipating changes in communication, personality, and behavior.
To learn more, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
As Chief Operations Manager with Vucina Construction, Inc., Ryan Vucina guides a Pacific Grove, California, company that undertakes quality projects throughout the Monterey peninsula.