Originally posted on https://www.weny.com/story/40591342/your-loved-one-has-alzheimers-what-now
About 5.8 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, and this number is projected to increase to 14 million by 2050. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be stressful.
You need all the help you can get to be the best caregiver and give your loved one the support he or she needs. Check out this helpful guide on how to deal with Alzheimer’s.
There are several resources available to help you learn about this disease. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare. Talk to your loved one’s doctor and check out online resources to learn the ends and outs.
Talk with others that understand what you are going through. You can learn some good tips and advice from other area caregivers. Check out the American Alzheimer’s Association website for lists of local resources and support groups.
You can learn how to be a caregiver. You can also check out local training sessions and learn how to cope with the disease as it progresses.
You don’t have to do this alone. Along with support groups, there are other resources available through the Alzheimer’s Association. You can get respite care or caregivers to come to the home to help your loved one with daily activities.
Ask your family for help. Make sure you schedule regular breaks and fun outings for yourself so you don’t get burnout. You will need help to reduce stress, so find out what works for you.
Alzheimer’s will increase a person’s risk of injury because it affects problem-solving skills and judgment, so you need to take precautions to keep your loved one safe.
Install locks on cabinets with dangerous items like cleaning supplies, knives, medicine, and alcohol. Add locks to your doors, so your loved one doesn’t walk out unexpectedly.
Remove any fall hazards like cords and rugs. Add handrails and bars to areas like the bathroom.
Be sure there are no fire hazards like lighters and matches within reach. You also want to lower the water temperature on your water heater to prevent burns.
Do regular tasks when your loved one is the most refreshed probably in the morning. This is the best time to schedule baths and doctor visits. Having regular routines will help prevent confusion and frustration.
Make sure you take your time each day. Plan for every activity to take longer than normal when getting ready to head out.
As hard as it may be, you should give your loved one some independence. Let him start an activity like getting dressed.
Try giving your loved one simple choices like choosing between two different drinks. Be sure all your instructions are simple.
You need to stay organized as much as possible. Keep a list of all current medications and treatment, and write down questions for your loved one’s doctor. You can keep a journal to record all your thoughts and experiences.
Finding out a loved one has Alzheimer’s is stressful. You need to learn how to deal with Alzheimer’s while making sure you care for yourself. Be sure you ask for help and take advantage of available resources both online and in your community.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and take breaks. Learn about other’s experiences with Alzheimer’s by searching blogs on our website.
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