Caring For A Loved One With Alzheimer’s Disease

The majority of the 4.5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s illness dwell at dwelling, the place household and mates present most of their care. Caring for a cherished one with Alzheimer’s illness, a progressive mind dysfunction that not solely impacts reminiscence however steadily destroys an individual’s potential to be taught and perform every day actions, may be emotionally and bodily difficult. As reminiscence loss and different signs worsen, the period of time and vitality caregivers and households spend caring for their cherished one’s will increase.

The Memories to Treasure program offers individuals who take care of a cherished one with Alzheimer’s tips about caregiving and details about the illness whereas serving to them join with their cherished one by way of the artwork of scrapbooking.

“Alzheimer’s caregivers have unique needs; Memories to Treasure offers resources to help facilitate interaction with loved ones,” says Gail Hunt, president, and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving. “Engaging in meaningful activities, such as scrapbooking, allows time spent together to be more positive and can benefit everyone involved.”

While folks with gentle Alzheimer’s illness typically expertise issues with short-term reminiscence, they might recall reminiscences from the distant previous. Looking at outdated pictures and keepsakes could result in conversations about folks and previous occasions, and may be pleasing for everybody concerned.

“Activities, such as scrapbooking, can be beneficial for families facing Alzheimer’s disease,” says Benjamin Seltzer, M.D., director of the Alzheimer’s Disease & Memory Disorders Center, Tulane University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans. “Engaging in meaningful activities with a loved one is only one facet of caregiving; however, it is also important to know that there are treatments available that can help slow symptoms of the disease.”

Memories to Treasure may be accessed on-line at www. reminiscences totreasure.com. The Web web site provides tips about caregiving, details about Alzheimer’s illness, and a Memory Checklist to assist information dialogue with a doctor. Caregivers may even discover directions to create a scrapbook with a cherished one going through Alzheimer’s illness.

When caring for somebody with Alzheimer’s, preserve the following pointers in thoughts to assist present the very best care doable:

• Your cherished one could change into annoyed whereas bathing, dressing, or consuming. Try to be calm and reassuring throughout such moments.

• Keep the one you love concerned. Plan an exercise, comparable to scrapbooking, for a time of day when the one you love appears to be at his or her greatest.

• Take time for your self and construct a robust assist community. Let your loved ones and mates know what you want and once you want it.

• Seek info as a way to make selections about care and therapy for the one you love.

Memories to Treasure is delivered to the Alzheimer’s group by Eisai Inc. and Pfizer Inc, in partnership with the National Alliance for Caregiving and Creating Keepsakes scrapbook journal. Dr. Seltzer’s participation in Memories to Treasure has been sponsored by Eisai and Pfizer.

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