How to help a person suffering from Alzheimer
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease life – changing not only the person with the disease but also their family and friends. However, there is information and support resources available. No one should face the disease of Alzheimer’s or other dementia alone.
Facilitates the patient information about their environment.
Calendars, clocks, agendas, etc; elements of this kind provide Alzheimer’s patient information that in addition, to be very useful, help you locate and placed in the ‘here and now’. In addition, the fact that it is he who sees what day or what time it is helping to minimize their anxiety and make you feel more useful and independent.
Accept the limitations imposed by the disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is a very showy: drastically limits the range of the sick and the number of activities you can do. Do not try to fight it, you just get frustrated and frustrate the patient. You accept the new reality, accept that things are not like before and get to work to help the affected, it is the best thing you can do for him, but also for yourself.
Communication with the patient.
one of the most important aspects when caring for an Alzheimer’s patient but at the same time one of the most complicated. Note that the affected by this disease often find it very difficult to communicate their ideas and understand those of others. It is, therefore, appropriate that when you head to the patient, do it using simple words in a calm and quiet tone. On the other hand, when you see that you are trying to tell you something and it costs you find the right word, help them to express themselves, but do not interrupt you because you only get even more despair. A quiet atmosphere and calm, free from outside interference, can be of great help to promote good communication with a person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
The tasks of the day.
The simplest of tasks can become a real puzzle for a person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Dressing, bathing, tying shoelaces, these actions can be very frustrating for the patient, who realizes how loses capacity and is unable to do something as simple self. It is in these everyday tasks where you’ll have to help with more patience and dedication. A good idea is to foster a dynamic based on the ‘step by step’.
Memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients causes a very intense develop simple things like taking a shower, go for a walk or watch a movie fear. Not being able to recognize these situations, Alzheimer patients perceive as very threatening. Help him, explain calmly and patiently what they are doing and how you’re going to help. Give your time, do not force him. Encourages and stimulates the patient to be himself, within their own limitations, to do things. If it comes to showering, explain what is soap and how it is used, make him understand that after showering must be dry and that’s what the towels, etc. By doing this you get the patient understands what is happening and feel supported, which will make your fear gradually decreasing.
Visits to the doctor.
As a result of their loss of memory, Alzheimer patient will gradually neglect their health. For this reason, it is especially important that you make sure you visit a doctor regularly. This is not to see what state is your Alzheimer, but to see how the patient’s health, because there will come a point where you may not be able to provide this information on their own.
If you are not good you can not help the sick Alzheimer; and needs your help, but do not ask for it. Eat well, do sport and carry a healthy lifestyle. But most importantly, you are able to leave aside the disease in your spare time, because otherwise, you can fall into misery very easily. In fact, statistics show that people in charge Alzheimer’s a sick person are much more likely to suffer depression has.