What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is brain disorder named after German physician Alois Alzheimer. It destroys brain cells causing impairment of memory, problems with thinking and behavior, which might be so severe that it could affect day-to-day work.
Supportive environment for the patient:
There are times when patients suffering from Alzheimer might forget names of any objects. Arguing with them would be of no help. Instead we have to treat them with love, emotional support and spiritual support. Involving them with interesting activities and social interaction with understanding people is what they need most.
Anticipation of behavioral and personality changes:
A patient suffering from Alzheimer will start losing the ability to perform any task. Sleep-wake cycle will start to disrupt, which might lead to keeping up with the loved ones for nights. They might even suffer a delusion that we are their enemy.
As a caretaker, we have to remember always that we are assisting the person and that way fighting the disease. If our loved ones become verbally abusive, the reason might be because of the suffering and aggressive behavior caused by the disease.
Needing professional help:
He might try to move away from us, as sometimes caring from the same person always might be exhausting. We can hire some professional helping that case. All that we need is to try to treat our loved one in the same way we would have wanted ourselves to be treated if we would have been suffering from the same disease.
Sharing of memories and laughter as much as possible:
We could share enjoyable memories from the patient’s past life so long he can remember them. Even if our loved ones might not be able to recognize us, we can share laughter and feeling as almost everyone is capable of receiving love and kindness.
Provision of appropriate health care:
We have to be always ready to treat any injuries or illness like any infections. Some medications will give them greater quality of life and also fight depression.
Trying to correct their beliefs might be frustrating:
In losing memory, the patient might often recall things that never ever happened (having dinner with a relative who died long ago). Trying to rectify them would be frustrating to both, oneself and the patient. Best way is to be able to live in their world so that they can be kept happy and stable always.
Start adjusting with the grief:
There is no cure of Alzheimer’s disease. It is a fatal disease. Neither the affected person invited this disease nor did we deserve this situation. We should be ready to experience pain and should always look for ways to begin healing after the grief.