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One of the most dreaded diseases in old age is Alzheimer’s disease. Although unlike cancer and heart problem, this is actually not fatal. In
fact, people with Alzheimer’s can live for a long time with proper care. That is actually the problem most of the time.
The Challenge of Caring for a Loved One Suffering from Alzheimer's
With Alzheimer’s disease, the patient needs to be taken care of allthetime. This is because the memory loss will often
render the patient incapable of thinking and reasoning. Some will even forget how to do the simplest of tasks, like brushing their teeth and even
eating with a spoon and fork.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive and degenerative disease that affects the brain. The problem often leads to massive memory loss not only in terms
of one’s memories but also one’s learning. Patients will forget everything that they have learned, including routine tasks that they have
learned when they were just tots. Some people will also find it hard to learn new things and may even lose their language abilities. They will
have difficulties in their speech and in their writing.
Because of this, caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s disease can be extremely difficult. It is actually like caring for a newborn babe but
while a baby will slowly learn to function independently, patients with Alzheimer’s will lose what they have learned and will slowly become more
and more dependent with their caregivers. Thus, it is important to find a caregiver that is both professionally-capable and caring as they will
determine the progress that the patient will have as well as their over all condition and behavior.
Here are some tips in finding a good caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient.
Get Professional Care for Your Loved One
It is good to look for a person who is already well experienced in caring for people with Alzheimer’s. Not only will their experience
come in handy when it comes to dealing with the patient’s medicines and medical routines, they will also be more patient because of prior
One problem in hiring professional people is the expense. Private nurses and caregivers are expensive enough as it is without adding the
burden of a specialization. If you just cannot afford to hire someone with enough experience, try one who has worked with old people and then
give him or her materials that will make them familiar with the basics of the disease.
Choose Someone You Know
Nothing beats hiring someone who you already know or someone who you have already seen working. Patients with Alzheimer’s will have a lot
of quirks and behavior that can be extremely irritating and difficult to deal with. Thus, it is important that you choose someone that you know
will have a lot of patience and care.
Of course, if a member of the family can spare the time for the patient, that is good. If not, you can ask for recommendations from people
that you know. Chances are they know someone who can take care of a patient with Alzheimer’s.
Choose Someone Strong
Although this is actually not a major issue, it is also important that you choose someone who can deal with the patient and the often back
breaking tasks. Remember that because the patient is full- dependent on the person, they will sometimes need to carry them or guide them when
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