How to recognize the size of Alzheimer Disease and help someone handle it

Alzheimer's diseaseIt can be scary watching your loved ones age, especially when you start noticing changes that could potentially be Alzheimer Disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a gradually progressive disease of the brain that is characterized by impairment of memory and eventually by disturbances in reasoning, planning, language, and perception.

The chances of having Alzheimer’s disease increases substantially after the age of 70 and may affect around 50% of persons over the age of 85. Genetics is a major risk factor, but the main cause is something you have no control over. Everyone ages, and the chance of Alzheimer’s disease increases significantly with age.

There are ten recognizable warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.  Memory loss, difficulty performing familiar tasks, problems with language, disorientation to time and place, poor or decreased judgment, problems with abstract thinking, misplacing things, unexplained changes in mood or behavior, noticeable changes in personality, and loss of initiative. Any of these signs are reasons to see a specialist as soon as possible.

Although there is no real cure for Alzheimer’s disease there are ways to make it more manageable for the patient. A kind and patient caregiver is the best thing for someone who has recently been diagnosed. Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease is a difficult task and may become overwhelmed. Each day brings new challenges with constantly changing behavior and capabilities. Research has shown that caregivers are often at increased risk of depression or illness, especially if they do not receive adequate support from their family and friends.

One of the biggest struggles caregivers face is dealing with the drastic mood swings from the person they are trying to help. Dressing, bathing, eating, and all the basic activities of daily living are often difficult to manage for both the person with Alzheimer’s and the caregiver. Through trial and error you will find that some of the following tips swill work, while others may not in your unique case. Each person with Alzheimer will respond differently, and each person changes over the course of the disease. Do the best that you can, and it is okay if you need to take breaks.

It will not be easy at times, but in most cases it is a child caring for a parent. Isn’t that the ultimate repayment for everything our parents did for us when we were too young to care for ourselves?

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