Helping Your Loved One With Alzheimer

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        <p>orgetting is a natural part of aging, not remembering the
little things, the big things to follow, but when a person has
Alzheimer's or any other number of mental degeneration that causes them
to forget, it can be a trying thing on loved ones and something that
really takes a toll on those around them. There are some ways to help
cope with this problem, however, with patience, with fortitude and with
undying love that looks it all in the face without cringing. Whenever
Alzheimer's comes around, it has early onset on the mind and can cause
people to exhibit the normal signs of forgetting. <br><br>When this
begins to happen, you will notice your loved one forgetting things that
seem normal for one getting on in their years to forget. They might tell
you the same story over and over again, not having any recollection that
they once told it, or they might forget the date or where they put
something like their car keys, or whether they locked the front door.
These little things might cause you to get really impatient and
frustrated, especially if you hear the same tale over and over or if you
suffer some personal time delays or burglary when they forget to lock the
door. <br><br>But, just remember that you must be compassionate and
show some love and support no matter what things happen, because your
elderly loved one needs to be shown the same love and support and
kindness that he or she gave you all of your younger years. So, gently
remind them of things, such as gently pointing out that they told you
this story before, or kindly saying here are your keys, or not being
harsh when you tell them to please remember to lock the door. Instead,
make life a bit easier for them by making a designated place for their
keys or putting a sign on the door reminding them to lock it.<br><br>As
the years go on, they will forget even bigger things, like what year they
are in or sometimes who they are or where they even are. This might alarm
you but again, showing compassion and patience is the only way to
effectively help your loved one through this befuddling time. They won't
know what is going on and it will be hard for them to handle all of this,
but that is why you need to be patient and help them through it with
kindness and love and support. At this stage, too, it might help for them
to have a home care assistant living with them, if you cannot stay with
them yourself, and having someone watch them at all times because it is
at this stage of the dementia that they will wander out of the house and
get lost, all because they are too confused about their surroundings or
where they are or what is going on. Being there for your elderly loved
one is an essential way of helping them know they are not alone in this
and that they have somewhere to turn no matter what.</p>        <!--
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