How to Live With a Alzheimer's Patient

Eve Sherrill York By Eve Sherrill York, 16th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2928qn1q/
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This piece gives basic helpful ideas on how to treat a family member or friend who has Alzheimer's disease. It is a progressive disease and so the patient may get worse. How do you watch a loved one become forgetful, have behavioral issues, and can't cope with day-to-day routine.

What is Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with behavior, thinking and memory. Symptoms develop slowly and become severe enough over time to interfere with daily tasks.

There are seven stages of Alzheimer's from no impairment to very severe.

Five percent of people with the disease have early onset which means they begin having symptoms in their 40's and 50's. Alzheimer's disease accounts for up to 80 percent of dementia cases. The greatest risk factor for the disease is increasing age.

Changing in mood and personality and the inability to finish usually done tasks are just a few of the symptoms of Alzheimer's.

How Do You Treat Someone With Alzheimer's?

It is important to let the patient with Alzheimer's disease continue to perform everyday tasks and lead as normal a life as they can both physically and mentally. Activities that the person enjoys should be incorporated into the day. If they are doing something they enjoy there is a lot less possibility of frustration or upset.

They should be kept busy but with tasks that are at their current level of ability. Continuing on well established activities is better than trying to add something new to the daily schedule. More challenging tasks should be saved for the time of the day when they are at their best and feeling strongest.

Allowing plenty of time for a given event will alleviate frustration or upset. Be sure they know that they can always ask for help if they need it. And if they begin to feel frustrated take a break.

Here are two very good websites for information on Alzheimer's:

The National Institute on Aging: http://www.nia.nih.gov/

The Alzheimer's Association : www.alz.org

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Alzheimers Disease, Mental Health, Thinking And Memory

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