Sep 28, 2018 by The Crafty Caregiver
Sadly, the Alzheimer’s Association has reported that at least 5 million adults over age 65 in the U.S. suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) destroys a person’s memory and creates cognitive issues and behavioral changes that eventually affect the patient’s ability to work or have social relationships. By the end of this terminal illness, even the most basic activities of daily living can be daunting.
Chronic disease affects Alzheimer’s patients just the same as the rest of the population in the U.S. In fact, AD patients will usually succumb to at least one other chronic disease in addition to the Alzheimer’s. These additional issues might include diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and arthritis.
Once a person has lost reasoning skills and memory, healthcare management becomes impossible, too. Alzheimer’s sufferers eventually won’t be able to take medication per instructions and certainly won’t recognize or be able to communicate the worsening symptoms of their condition.
Trained caregivers can lessen the inherent dangers and discomfort for Alzheimer’s patients. Here are some helpful tips:
Knowing that Alzheimer’s patients can’t describe something that hurts, caregivers need to be vigilant for any signs of pain or discomfort.
Remember AD patients won’t be able to explain their additional symptoms, or any medical problems either.
As the caregiver, request more help or speak to the patient’s family for additional information, as needed.
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