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Living With Alzheimers - Coping With Loved Ones

Aug 17, 2007
When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, those around shouldn't think that it's the end of the world. The better thing to do is assist the one who's suffering from it until the person dies.

There are drugs in the marketplace that can aid & ease the pain but not reverse the process or arrest the disease from spreading. The only thing it can do is decelerate the process that could buy enough time until a remedy has been found.

Family members need to give this or hire a caregiver to do that once no one is able to attend the person.

Eventually, the sufferer may not remember the name of the children. One way to assist the one living with Alzheimer's is through the use of visual aids. The name and the picture of the individual can be shown in a card and somebody can conduct memory drills on the individual.

It will also be a good idea to talk as often as possible with the patient. The individual should be inside the line of sight of the individual and must say each word slowly in order to understand each word being stated.

The best place to care for someone with Alzheimer's is in the home. The people who are there should make sure that there's order in the home and it's quiet at all times since noise will merely aggravate the patient.

Living with someone who has Alzheimer's may be likened to attending a toddler. This is because the person will touch anything in sight and may even get hurt in the process. The better thing to do is to make sure that there's no clutter in the home and items that are viewed as dangerous are hidden from sight.

Alzheimer sufferers are known to stray off. The person may lock the doors but if the patient manages to get out, it's best to have either a bracelet or a pocket card stuck in the clothing. This must have the name, address of the patient as well as the contact phone number where someone may be contacted to pick up the roamer.

Analyses bear witness that those who are suffering from Alzheimer's really get ramped up in the evening. This may be prevented by having evening rituals such as washing the dishes, watching TV or walking about for a while to make the patient serene and sleep tight.

Those who are suffering from Alzheimer's apart from the medicine prescribed by the physician also need exercising. It does not need to be anything extraneous but simply adequate to keep the strength up. An early morning stroll or lifting small weights are merely a couple of examples to advance a certain level of fitness for the patient.

It isn't easy living with someone who has Alzheimers since the job of taking care of someone is both exhausting and frustrating. People need to understand that no one wanted this to happen but the truth is that the problem is there.

It's a good thing that there are support groups out there that can assist family members and patients contend with this disease. The people can also live closer because it will not be long before the inevitable happens and this person will go over to a better place.
About the Author
GR - Garland Choate - is a retired Airline Captain> who has been in internet marketing for many years. Now, he is retired in the US Virgin Islands where he writes and does more marketing from home. Find many great articles and free audios on Alzheimers at http://www.Alzheimers.WAHWarriors.com
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