Alzheimer`s Disease: Secrets for Caregivers
by S. de Champlain on February 10, 2015 - 12:31am
Patience, and repeat. Patience, and repeat again. Repeat until the person with Alzheimer`s disease have stopped asking. This is what I have been telling myself, and probably many other caregivers too.
The United States of America itself have over “5 million [people that] currently have a degenerative brain condition”. We would think that specialists would have found a cure, but research has shown that the percentage of people being diagnosed “continues to spiral upward”.
As caregivers, the goal is to ‘care’ for the person, but also to understand what they have been through, and what they will continue going through with the disease. The major problem with “caregivers is [that] often […] they’re trying to preserve the person they knew as long as possible”. The problem is that there is no cure, and the only trick is to make their life as enjoyable as it possibly can. Even though one may want to preserve the person, it is likely to not work since it is a degenerative brain condition. In terms of Alzheimer`s disease, it basically means that the person will lose some or a lot of memories. How can a person be the same without the same memories and experiences? A caregiver, family, or friend must learn to accept the new person they became.
There is hope with medicine! As it has been tested, Exelon and Aricept have helped to delay the process and symptoms. Although this may seem like a time machine, it is not. It may or may not work depending on the respond of the person`s body, and it will only help for a period of six to 12 months.
Patients have needs to be fulfilled. They need stimulation, interaction, and even a hobby. They are humans, just like you and I. Although they have the same needs as everyone else, they also need a calm environment with structured routines. A calm environment will help the patient to have a calm behavior, if not one may become agitated and aggressive. Even though a structured routine may not always be possible, it is important to keep it as structured. Hence, it will help to establish a ‘normal’ hunger routine, and sleep habit.
To conclude, a caregiver is a key component of “[making] everyday life more bearable”. The person might not know why they feel a certain way, but the caregiver often influences that feeling. Patience, and repeat.
Publication: HealthDay: News for Healthier Living
“For Alzheimer`s Caregivers, Patience and Compassion Are Key” – Serena Gordon