With the Walk to End Alzheimer’s around the corner, it seems fitting to talk about Alzheimer’s. What it is, how to prevent it, ways to cope with a loved one with the disease, as well as, what to do to keep your mind sharp as you age. Alzheimer’s Disease is defined as a mental deterioration that mainly occurs late in life, but there are early onset cases in individuals in their 40s and 50s. It is all due to the decay of the brain. Its symptoms usually include memory loss, mood or behavior changes, and difficulty remembering time, dates, and events. More severe Alzheimer’s includes possible trouble walking or eating as well as talking. If you notice any of these symptoms in your loved one, talk to a doctor about ways that you can slow it down before it progresses.
Although, Alzheimer’s is not curable, there are treatments that can slow down the rapid worsening of the disease. Doctors may prescribe certain medications to slow down the deterioration of the brain, as well as natural remedies that have been tested to slow down the spreading of Alzheimer’s. Talk to a doctor before using medicines and remedies to treat Alzheimer’s.
Supporting your Alzheimer’s patient is a hard job. Encouragement and organization are key to keeping your loved one safe and independent. Start by establishing a daily routine. Having a schedule they can stick to can help them remember what comes next each day. Keep them involved. By engaging them in activities they look forward to, the feelings of frustration, isolation and embarrassment could slowly disappear. Talking to them about how they are feeling could also help them cope and ease negative and scary feelings. Keeping a schedule for their medicine and doctor’s appointments is also something to manage. All of this could be stressful to you as well, so take a moment for yourself, and join a support group to learn about available resources, and acquire various copying skills to help you better manage.
If you feel that the Walk for Alzheimer’s is something you would like to get involved with, contact us or see our calendar for more information. Please join us on September 21st as we walk to raise money for a great cause!