How to take care of an Alzheimer's patient at home?
Taking care of an old person at home who has Alzheimer's disease is a kind thing to do, but it's not easy, and maybe only those who have done it will understand how hard it is. If the Alzheimer's patient is a family member, he isn't so much a bother as he is a kid who sometimes gets angry and sometimes gets lost. In between, he has many problems, pains, and hard chores that need to be taken care of and watched over constantly.
The difference between dementia and Alzheimer's
You might first need to know how dementia is different from Alzheimer's.
Dementia is a broad term for a serious loss of mental ability that makes it hard to do everyday things.
Most people who have dementia have Alzheimer's disease.
A decrease in remembering, reasoning, or other thinking skills is one of the signs of dementia. There are different kinds of dementia, and it can be caused by many different things.
Mixed dementia is when brain changes from more than one type of dementia happen at the same time.
Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia. The Alzheimer's Organization website says that 60–80% of dementia cases are caused by
Alzheimer's is not a natural part of getting older.
It is caused by damage to brain cells that makes it hard for them to talk to each other.
This can change how people think, act, and feel.
It is a brain disease that gets worse over time and is caused by cell damage that leads to complicated changes in the brain.
It causes the signs of dementia, which get worse over time. Because the disease usually starts in the part of the brain that helps with learning, the most common early sign is trouble remembering new knowledge.
As the disease gets worse, signs like forgetfulness and changes in behavior get worse.
At some point, it gets harder to talk, breathe, and walk.
Even though most people with Alzheimer's disease are 65 or older, nearly 200,000 Americans under 65 have Alzheimer's.
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During the mild and severe stages, family members who are under a lot of stress may also deal with anticipatory grief because they know their loved ones are going to die soon.
Experts warn that family members who take care of a person with dementia but don't get help from psychologists and behavioral therapists may have a longer and more complicated time of loss after their loved one dies.
The Mayoclinic website says that as Alzheimer's disease or a related memory gets worse, your role in helping your loved one with daily tasks will grow. Think about tips that will help a person with dementia be as active as possible and help you get things done.