Probably one of the most difficult things you’ll every have to do, is care for someone with Alzheimers. The reality that the person with Alzheimers is likely very close to you, only makes the task more challenging. Being armed with as much Alzheimers info as possible, and knowing where you can turn to if you need more help or information can make a world of difference. Being someone who cares for another human being puts you into a category with a high degree of burnout. It can be a stressful, thankless job. You need to stack the odds in your favor as much as possible.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask

Nobody likes to look clueless, and it’s human nature to be reluctant to ask questions. Now is the time to go against that nature. The medical community, specifically your physician, or the physician of your patient should be your first avenue for help. Be as involved as possible in their care That includes doctor visits, hospital visits, and any therapy or coping sessions the Alzheimers afflicted individual attends. Seek out other sources of information as well. Support groups, medical journals, newsletters are all good places to start. While a good doctor can be a fountain of information and support, they are probably very busy, and you are likely one of hundreds they see every week. You need to educate yourself as much as possible.

Lean On Me

While arming yourself with as much Alzheimers information as possible is a great strategy, don’t try to be Superman. Having a plethora of information is of no help, if your too exhausted to put it to good use. Medical professionals in the community should be able to point you towards organizations and support groups for caregivers. Potentially even specific to caregivers of Alzheimers patients, depending on the size of the community in which you live. These groups may even be able to provide temporary support for your Alzheimers patient while you attend to personal matters.

Your Already Doing The Right Thing

Suggesting you should look online for Alzheimers information and support may seem kind of redundant, since your likely already reading this article online. But, there may be other online resources your not aware of for help. Messaging and chat rooms are great places to go, if your looking for immediate interaction and feedback from like minded caregivers. Discussion boards while not quite as real-time-interactive, can be better, because they maintain their discussions forever. Chat room discussions tend to just disappear.

Choosing to care for someone with Alzheimers can be one of the most generous gifts a person can give. Be sure you prepare yourself with the information and support you need to set yourself up for success. It will benefit not only you, but your patient as well.

By Chris Campbell at Senior Daily Living

Tender Hearts at Home Senior Care of Cincinnati, Ohio provides the best non-medical home care services with compassionate caregivers. They provide home health care, elder care, live in care, personal care, companion care, respite care, errands, transportation, home helper and senior helper services and all many other types of non-medical senior care. A family owned and operated company in Cincinnati, Ohio serving Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clermont counties. Please call us when your loved one needs help at 513-234-0805

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2 Comments on Alzheimer’s Info To Make Your Life Easier

  1. Bob Tell says:

    I have expressed the following thoughts before on several blogs. However, I believe they are worth repeating. Caregiver burnout is a major issue for those with this awesome responsibility. Don’t overlook the role of humor to make things more bearable. Things that made me angry and frustrated when my mother (who had dementia)was alive, in retrospect are filled with funny happenings. This is true too for the many caregivers who read my blog and contact me about my book which emphasizes humor as a healing balm. Caregivers need all the emotional support they can get. Dementia is a disease that knows no boundaries. It is blind to the categories in which we usually place our fellow human beings. It can occur at the age of 55 or 85. It can happen to Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, males and females, rich and poor. It will not spare ex-presidents or ex-prime ministers. It did not spare my mother. Tears are shed by husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters—in fact anyone responsible for the care of a loved one with dementia.

    Bob Tell, Author
    Dementia Diary, A Caregiver’s Journal
    http://www.dementia-diary.com
    http://caregiverchronicle.blogspot.com/

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Bob. Very well said.