Dealing with Alzheimer’s
Dealing with Alzheimer’s
Plenty has been said about the patient of family members coping with Alzheimer’s disease but little has been said about dealing with Alzheimer’s from the patient’s point of view. We’ve always thought that as the patient begins to lose his or her mental faculties, they are oblivious to what’s happening around them and this fact eases up the suffering that they have to go through knowing that most of the time, they are only “half aware” of what is happening.
In all seriousness, however, this is no reason to say that dealing with Alzheimer’s from the patient’s point of view is not an important concern for addressing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, it does not require much argumentation to say that the victim in all of these is the patient, and that therefore it is the patient that requires the most amount of support in order to help him or her overcome the issues with as minimal discomfort, inconvenience, and physical burden as possible.
If you a family member of someone recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and you are afraid for what lies ahead, here are a few pointers to help you understand the best way for dealing with Alzheimer’s.
1. Focus on helping the patient engage in mental activities on a regular basis. This will help keep the neurons firing in the right way and will hopefully slow down the progress of the illness. By getting the commitment from the patient to follow through with these activities, you are also forging a bond and common understanding that you are with the patient through and through regardless of what will happen in the coming years.
2. Bring the patient to a doctor that specializes in providing therapy for Alzheimer’s patients. It is important to get proper attention and targeted treatment for conditions such as this. Do not underestimate the value of seeking expert opinion on the best ways of dealing with Alzheimer’s – patient point of view.
3. Always adopt a positive attitude towards being hopeful that the disease can be kept at bay. The condition is stressful enough for the patient as it is; when you add demoralizing elements such as family members losing hope while the patient is still trying to cope, this can be a very devastating blow to one’s confidence. If you have a patient who is fully committed to dealing with Alzheimer’s, then there is absolutely no reason for any family member to give up on that patient and lose hope that things will not turn for the better.
4. From the perspective of the patient, being open and honest about the progress of the disease is critical. It is very tempting to hide symptoms and effects from family members for fear that they will be seriously affected with what is happening, but this is not the right approach to dealing with Alzheimer’s from the patient’s point of view. If you want to go through the problem together as a family, always be open to new changes in what you are feeling so you can engage them actively in finding the best ways to make it “easier” on everyone.
Dealing with Alzheimer’s is never easy but this is no reason to give up and surrender. Use the time to bond with family members and actively seek treatment where possible – even if it means joining clinical trials. Try to give hope to loved ones that you are there to support them in every way you can. You will find this to be the most important memory that you can leave behind should things come to a bitter conclusion.