Alzheimer's Disease has been gotten some big press as of
the last 15 years. To tell you truth I really didn't quite understand it
until I did the research for this article series.
Please take the time to read through the ten articles
and let me know your thoughts on the subject.
Here's to Your LifetoSuccess,
Caring for Someone with Alzheimer Disease
If someone in your family has just
been diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease, the news can be upsetting and
frightening for everyone. You’ll be worried about the
changes that you’re going to be seeing this person go through as
well as what the future holds for you as a family. You’ve
already faced the first challenge: getting the right
diagnosis. If you’re going to the primary caregiver of the
family member who has been diagnosed there are some things that
you’ll need to know so that you can make life easier for everyone.
Make sure that you learn as much as you can about Alzheimer Disease and
about being a caregiver. You’ll want to find out how the
disease will affect the other person, what changes will take place, and
how you’ll be able to provide the help that is needed so that the
person retains as much of their dignity and independence as they
can. You want to preserve as much of the quality of life as
possible so that everyone involved feels like they are still in control
and managing okay. The information that you learn about Alzheimer
Disease should be shared with those people closest to the patient, such
as family members, friends, and co-workers. Contact the Alzheimer
Society for more information since they have many resources that are
there for your benefit.
It’s important that you understand that Alzheimer Disease will
have a huge impact on the person who has been diagnosed and their
ability to function. This is a disease that progresses over a
certain period of time.
The day to day functions of the person will be greatly affected
depending on what stage of the disease they are at. You need to
learn about the day to day problems that you can expect to face as a
caregiver. This information will give you a better understanding
of the realistic capabilities of the patient. Take some time to
ask how you can help them to keep their independence and a feeling of
control. Perhaps the most important thing that you need to learn
is how to be patient and understanding.
Always keep the patient in sight. This means that no matter how
the disease affects that patient that you always remember that they are
an individual with thoughts and feelings. Treat the Alzheimer
patient with dignity and respect at all times no matter how difficult
things become for the both of you. Many of the person’s
abilities will be lost but they will still have feelings and emotions
that need to be respected.