It’s known people with Alzheimer’s experience confusion, frustration, anger, fear, uncertainty, grief, and depression. The caregiver can help alleviate the stress of the Alzheimer’s individual by listening and trying to provide support. Specifically, a calm and stable home environment can help reduce behavior issues. It’s proven that loud, new, rushed, and taxing environments all lend to increased anxiety within a person suffering from Alzheimer’s. These situations, which increase the chance of emotional upset, ensure the sufferer’s ability to think will decline even more.
Care for the Caregiver – It is known that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is demanding both physically and emotionally. Anger, guilt, frustration, discouragement, worry, grief, and social isolation are all common ground for Caregivers. By being aware and knowing what is available to you – you may then help alleviate some of the stress.
For care specifics see below …
· Learning what you can about the disease
· Asking questions from professionals helping you with the care of your loved one
· Calling on friends and family members when you need it
· Spending time with your friends
· Taking at least 1 break every day
· Taking care of your own health (i.e routine doctor visits, eating healthy meals, and getting exercise)
· Joining a support group
Local support services can also be a good add-on in your care “tool-box” Contact your local Alzheimer’s Association affiliate to connect with support groups, doctors, resources, referrals, home care agencies, residential care facilities, educational seminars, and a telephone help line.