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Taking Care of Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s

A man with alzheimer'sAlzheimer’s disease is a serious problem that affects the elderly all over the world. The illness causes changes in the brain, which result in loss of memory and impairment of other mental faculties.

It usually begins with memory loss and progresses to affect the patient’s reasoning ability, decision-making, judgment and other day-to-day activities.

Consistent Care and Monitoring

Without proper guidance and care from loved ones or caregivers, patients who have this condition will find it difficult to survive. Across America, facilities have been set up where the elderly can receive the best Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

The place has caregivers, medical staff, therapists as well as experts who are trained and equipped to handle the challenges of watching over a patient with this condition. At the early stages, it is still possible for family members to take care of their parent or loved with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

Incidentally, the two conditions are not the same. Alzheimer’s is a form of Dementia, and the situation can worsen to become full-blown where the patient is no longer able to function by himself. Dementia may be caused by severe head or injury or even a stroke.

And while there are now brain scans that allow doctors to track the early onset of Alzheimer’s, the technology is not yet able to predict who will develop it down the road.

Preparing for the Worst Case Scenario

Brain scans of an Alzheimer's patientOf course, if your family has a history of Alzheimer’s disease, there is an increased risk that you will also be developing it. In this case, it’s better to equip your family members with the basic knowledge and emotional understanding needed when caring for an Alzheimer’s patient at home.

Your doctor can give you more tips and prepare a checklist for the things you need to make your loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia more comfortable at home. There are also exercises to help them stay active and alert through the day.

However, experts do advise that when the condition worsens, the patient may need admission to a care facility that can monitor and care for them round the clock.

Some people may consider this the worst case scenario, but it may be in your loved one’s best interest to be checked in to a facility that is better equipped to handle their needs.

February 5, 2018 at 2:41 pmHealth & Lifestyle