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Tips to Teach Others about Alzheimer’s, Including Proper Care

Alzheimers CareThe moment the Smith family found out their patriarch had Alzheimer’s disease, none of them really knew what to do. It was all relatively new to them, and even though they had concerns through the years about his memory related issues and other problems, they never really thought he would be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s someday.

It’s important to provide proper Alzheimer’s care to a patient with this disease. Currently there is no cure for it, but that doesn’t mean they can’t live a full and happy life, at least for many years with the disease.

Teaching others about Alzheimer’s, including how to provide proper care is one of the best things anybody can do for the patient and others with this disease. It could be other family members, children, and even friends who may come in contact with the Alzheimer’s patient. Some people may not want to know about Alzheimer’s care in any way, shape, or form. As such, they should not be trusted with any responsibility with regard to care for the patient. For the rest of the family members or friends, here are some tips that can help teach others about this disease and what is important with regard to care.

1. Proper care begins with information.

There are many myths and misconceptions about Alzheimer’s disease, including the fact that the elderly patient can still do so much for themselves. People immediately assume that an Alzheimer’s diagnosis essentially means the elderly patient has to stop doing things, needs help around-the-clock, and other issues. That’s simply not true.

Share information about the disease with others, including how much the patient can still do for himself or herself.

2. Sit down with young children and others in the family with the elderly individual to show them that he or she is still highly functional.

Sometimes people immediately assume the worst, but when they are exposed to the actual patient who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and see that he or she is still capable of so much, it can change their entire perspective.

3. Discuss routines and memory loss care.

Tell anybody who may come in contact with the Alzheimer’s patient about their routine and how important it will be in the latter stages of the disease. As memory loss increases, that routine can help them feel more comfortable, even if they don’t recognize the person with them, remember where they are, or have other issues related to memories.

Playing strategic games and other activities that force the individual to think can be highly beneficial at delaying the most severe aspects of memory loss. Anybody can do these activities with the patient.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s / Dementia Care at home, find a dedicated home care agency in your local area at www.MyHomeCareOptions.com

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com