Someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease (AD) every 66 seconds. It is the 6th leading cause of death in this country, which is evidence why nearly every family is or will be affected by this cruel disease. Loved ones and those who have dementia often ask when it will get better, but there are not many certainties when it comes to dementia. Perhaps frustration and difficult behaviors may subside at times, and you may see glimpses of your loved one here and there. However, getting better is typically not in the cards with the progressive condition of Alzheimer’s disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association works to eradicate AD through advancing research, providing increased support and care, and promoting brain health that will reduce the risk of dementia. They are the leading voluntary organization for AD, working on a global, national and local scale to provide support for all those affected.
If you have a loved one who has been affected by AD or dementia, perhaps you can consider a car donation to the Alzheimer’s Association to help fund increased research and support for those who suffer from this. Use our easy online form, or give us a call, and soon the proceeds from your unwanted vehicle can be helping to make a difference for someone with AD.
A person with dementia will eventually require help with daily living. The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Center offers information and encouragement for help in caregiving. Here are some suggestions for the day to day struggles in caring for a loved one with AD.
Tips for Handling AD Behaviors
- Strive to not regard inappropriate or negative behaviors personally.
- Keep calm and patient.
- Examine pain as a trigger.
- Do not quarrel or try to convince.
- Recognize behaviors as a reality of the disease and push through them.
Responding To Memory Loss
- Stay calm. If it is hurtful, try not to make it apparent.
- Acknowledge with a brief explanation. You don’t want to overwhelm the person.
- Show reminders. Use pictures or other things to remind them of meaningful places and relationships.
- Go with them to where they are. If their memory is on a certain time in his or her life, talk about those recollections while understanding that it is their current reality.
- Make corrections sound like suggestions. You don’t want to sound like you’re scolding. Say things like, “I think she is your granddaughter, Emily.” or “I think that is a spoon”.
- Endeavor to not take anything personally. This disease makes your loved one forget. It is out of their control. However, your understanding and support will be much appreciated.
With continued research, there is hope for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, and even one day that we will find a cure.