Mary Alexander: Hi! I am Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care and today I am talking about practical solutions for caregivers; dealing with loved ones suffering with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Dementia is a syndrome that affects memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday tasks. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. Some early symptoms include difficulty remembering names and recent events, inability to solve problems, apathy and depression.
Currently, there are no cures for Alzheimer's disease and its causes also remain unknown. Generally, it is believed that leading a healthy lifestyle is the best defense against this and many other diseases. If you are caring for someone who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other dementia, the best bet is to be honest about the diagnosis, but remain as upbeat and positive as possible.
Certainly, you shouldn't diminish the difficulties associated with memory loss and the inability to make good decisions. In fact, these symptoms can result in your loved ones not being able to drive anymore and could also possibly lead to depression. But, there is hope available through medications that can improve memory function and anti-depressants that can help lift spirits.
Also, there are a number of community services that can provide transportation and care for your loved one.
As the disease progresses, patients with Alzheimer's can experience a series of uncomfortable and challenging behaviors, such as anger, delusions and wandering. Patience and compassion are the watch words but you can find solutions and ideas to manage these behaviors on helpforalzheimersfamilies.
comIn addition to dealing with challenging behaviors, many caregivers also experience concerns about the long-term financial costs associated with carrying for someone with Alzheimer's disease. The best solution here is to fully examine the financial situation, seek outside resources where possible and involve the whole family in the decision-making and responsibility sharing process.
Lastly, as a caregiver, you should make sure to take care of yourself. A caregiver's health is as important as the care given to your loved one.