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Posted on May 23, 2019 in Alzheimer's/Dementia, Mental Health Awareness, News, Other Resources, Relationships, Resources, Therapy

Support for Alzheimer’s Disease

It can be difficult to cope when your friend or family member is affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, but there are ways in which you can help him or her. You can improve their quality of life with your efforts and be a proud caregiver.

Ideas to support a loved one who has Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Learn as much as you can about the disease. If you are made aware of how Alzheimer’s affects the brain and body, you can anticipate emerging symptoms and be ready to deal with them.

  • Reach out for support. You can access support and information from support groups, classes and family members who are battling the same to provide additional care tailored to suit your patient’s condition. You can also make use of the tips that they provide to carry out your daily activities more efficiently while also acting as a caregiver. Connecting with others facing the same problems as you can help alleviate your stress and anxiety. 
  • Prepare yourself. Patients with Alzheimer’s may have emotional outbursts arising out of their frustration. They may be anxious and irritated throughout the day. They could say or do hurtful things unintentionally in their agitation. You will need to keep your calm and presence of mind in these moments to manage the situation and help lessen the patient’s distress. 
  • Force participation. The patient may be unable to carry out their daily tasks, but this should not mean that they stop trying. Progress might be slow but the process matters more here than the outcome. The individual will feel much better if he or she knows they  can still exercise some control over their lives by participating in daily chores and activities. Be flexible and step in to complete the task if the patient begins to get frustrated at not being able to complete the task. 
  • Encourage nostalgia. Patients with Alzheimer’s are often able to remember their past memories more clearly than their immediate memory. Reminisce with them as their ability to remember the past can assure them of themselves.
  • Maintain a routine. Plan out your day in advance, scheduling what needs to be done. Include the patient in this routine; it will help anchor them.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be a challenge but following the above-mentioned ways may help ease your task. Other suggestions are available at the resources listed below.

Resources for Alzheimer’s Disease Information

Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheethttps://www.nia.nih.gov/health/alzheimers-disease-fact-sheet

What is Alzheimer’s?https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/what-is-alzheimers

Alzheimer’s Disease: The 7 Stages of the Diseasehttps://www.webmd.com/g00/alzheimers/guide/alzheimers-disease-stages

Alzheimer’s Association Resourceshttps://www.alz.org/help-support/resources

Need more help?

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease is difficult. The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are available to assist families navigating diagnosis and treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease. Contact us today for more information or to  schedule an appointment by calling 630-621-5824.