Going Through Alzheimer's With Loved Ones

| Thursday, February 24, 2011
By Ken Nolan

Having an Alzheimer's disease suffering patient at home, you have to find out about methods that attend to handling adverse incidents. There might not be a lot of those, but who can tell when and just how they may come? You at least must be prepared for these people, or wouldn't you say? As we say, preparation can help you manage just about any circumstance in life. So, spend some time to learn as much as you are able to about handling as many incidents that might show up with caring for such a patient. Ask your live-in caregiver to share with you of any little changes they can observe in the daily lives of the loved one you have at home receiving care for Alzheimer's. Without any treatment for the condition, such little changes and difference could mean the world. With you not being home constantly to witness it, the least you can do is be informed about it. And as you know, every little thing really helps in taking care of sufferers of Alzheimer's. It's hard to predict their exact emotions and reactions. They might be calm one minute and turbulent the next; Alzheimer's disease sufferers that is. What you must do is get yourself adequately educated to manage circumstances like this because they will likely be sudden and from time to time extreme. With someone living with you and struggling with the disease, you are bound to have your hands full enough anyhow.

No one knows it all, so you could be wrong too; but so also could your caregiver - the person living in to care for the friend or loved one you have at home who has Alzheimer's disease. You can help matters by exchanging notes with them about what you know and what you learn from time to time. This should help you stay informed and offer the best care possible for this friend of yours or loved one.

Activity has a way contributing to your day. If you spent the whole day aimlessly roaming, you would definitely get bored and... well, creative. The same can happen to Alzheimer's disease patients. Look for activities for them to partake in, however simple, and you just could have brightened their day.

Research on the subject has shown that there are certain things that worsen a sufferer's state. For example, if you can, you may impose restricted visitation hours for your loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Little bits of this and that could trigger events that are troubling and distressing for the patient. If the restricted hours are the way you can work around that, by all means, indulge.

There are considerations you must have for any Alzheimer's patient in your vicinity. If you have one at home, you must expressly learn what makes them tick and what they like. On some of these points you need to indulge them, but on others you must be uncompromising. I don't suggest that it is a walk in the park, but it is something that you must do to get the best out of the situation of them living in with you.

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