5 Easy Ways You Can Help Those with Alzheimer’s

June 5, 2017

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Over 47 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s is the 6th most fatal disease in the United States. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may be confused with signs of normal aging, like memory loss and decreased cognitive function, but the brain’s decline caused by this disease is far from normal. Throughout the month of June, the Alzheimer’s Association will be running various events to raise money and awareness for finding a cure.

Words alone cannot describe the difficulty a family goes through when their loved one has Alzheimer’s. Luckily, there are very easy ways you can help your loved one cope with Alzheimer’s: 

1. Research Alzheimer’s disease: They say that knowing is half of the battle. By staying up-to-date and informed on how Alzheimer’s affects a person’s mind, body, and spirit, you’ll be arming yourself with valuable knowledge on how to make your loved one as comfortable as possible.

2. Keeping in touch: Those in the midst of the later stages of Alzheimer’s may not be “all there.” They may have regressed to a happier, more carefree memory of childlike innocence or they may have totally forgotten who some of their closest family and friends are.  You may think that communicating with them is futile as they might not even recognize you or know how to communicate back. But even though communication might be broken, it helps keep their brains as active as they could be thus preventing them from falling down even more into a void.

3. Being patient: Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is stressful, we will not sugarcoat it or try to hide it. Trying to communicate with someone that has Alzheimer’s is even more stressful as we’ve mentioned in the previous point. That’s why it’s SO crucial that you can’t give up on them. Being an Alzheimer’s caregiver is a daunting but rewarding task, and patience will help you complete this task. Having patience and understanding will go a long when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.

4. Offer to help: Lending a helping hand to a family or caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s will go a long way. Small helpful gestures, like running errands, preparing meals, or giving a lift will speak volumes.

5. Engage in activities: Staying cooped indoors all-day gets boring very quickly, and could cause tempers to flare. Regular activities, whether it being playing games or even going for a walk, will add much needed variety in a given day and keeps spirits high. 

Even though one person alone cannot #ENDALZ, one person can make an immense difference in the lives of those affected by this horrible disease.

 

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