Learning about what life with Alzheimer’s is like can help those who are caring for a loved one with the disease. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and is the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s Association is dedicated to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s through research and to support those who are affected by this disease. You can help support this cause through vehicle donation. Here are more things you should know about Alzheimer’s:
Who Does It Affect?
Almost 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and the majority of those are women, and almost 15 million people are directly affected by Alzheimer’s because they are taking care of a loved one who has the disease.
Here is a list of the most common warning signs to look for with those who potentially could have Alzheimer’s:
- Problem Solving and planning is challenging.
- Daily life is disrupted by memory loss, especially about things that were recently learned.
- Familiar tasks are difficult to completely, especially ones that are done routinely at home or work.
- Spacial relationships or visual images become difficult to understand.
- Time and places become increasingly confusing.
- Speaking and writing are no longer easy and become problematic.
- Decision making becomes difficult and judgement is decreased or becomes poor.
- Unable to replace steps and misplacing things often.
- Mood changes and personality is altered.
- Lack of desire to be social and no desire to attend work gatherings.
When a loved one has Alzheimer’s it’s important to be able to communicate lovingly and with respect. Here are some tips with how to speak with someone who suffers from this disease:
- Always agree and never argue with what they have to say.
- Distract them instead of using shaming.
- Divert the conversation instead of trying to reason with them.
- Spend a lot of time reassuring them, avoid lecturing.
- Spend time reminiscing with them, but don’t ask them to remember something specific.
- Focus on what they can do and avoid talking about what they can’t do.
- Repeat what needs to be done, don’t tell them that you already told them so.
- Ask or model what you want them to do, do not command or demand something from them.
- Always encourage and stay positive, do not degrade and talk negatively.