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

Link: http://consumer.healthday.com/cognitive-and-neurological-health-information-26/alzheimer-s-news-20/for-alzheimer-s-caregivers-patience-and-compassion-are-key-668959.html

Comments

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Alzheimer's disease is a growing problem in today's society. It is a struggle for countless families and it will continue to be so until solutions can be found. This issue particularly worries me when I think about the large population of baby boomers and the inevitable large portion of them who will be afflicted by the disease. Alzheimer's is a confusing and difficult disease to cope with both for the afflicted person and their friends and relatives. The Alzheimer's Association is a leading health organization in Alzheimer's care. They seek to advance research in the field, to care for those affected by the disease and to reduce the risks of such diseases. Here is a link to their website: http://www.alz.org/index.asp.