My wife was the primary caregiver for her mom. You are embarking on a long difficult road requiring much patience and understanding. Our loved ones who develop this terrible disease of the brain become very different and behaviors subject to change. Remember to take care of yourself and allow time for relaxation and change of scenery and seek assistance if available from resources such as home health care professionals who can help with the care. Caring for dementia and Alzheimer patients is no easy task. Wishing you the best. My wifes mom lived just a little over 5 years from her diagnosis. If you have not already done so, you might need to go ahead and make sure all her legal issues are settled. A living will and other matters in order if possible.
My father have ALZHEIMER and it's very very difficult to deal with. I feel so sorry for every person with any kind disability specially with ALZHEIMER. My mum is 24/7 caregiver of my father and I can tell you that she got a lot nerves to deal with it. She still loves him and that is only reason my father is not in the nursing home. My mum helping him in any possible way she is strong woman and you will need to have lots of understanding, patient and love for that person. It will look to you that person making full of you drive you crazy but it is the sickness. My friend good luck to you. My mum use lot's of natural medicine to help my father and he is not progressing worse. I was a nurse and deal with ALZHEIMER patients and I can tell you it is very very hard to deal with them if you have any more question about ALZHEIMER please fill free to ask . There is stages in ALZHEIMER, first one is not that bad one stage but last stage is nightmare.
Hi PS, So sorry to hear you are embarking on this journey. It's challenging, to say the least. I found Alzheimers Association at www.alz.org to be a goldmine of helpful information. I remember orderning their caregivers booklet and it was a godsend. I hope whoever in your life has been diagnosed that he/she is able to get on medication. It slows the disease down.
The #1 most important thing to remember: Getting angry with the Alzheimers patient does no good. They are not doing this on purpose. #2 as suggested here, remember to take care of yourself. there is a very, very high burnout rate for caregivers. Tap into whatever resources you can -- other family members, friends, get the person into a day program to keep mind stimulated, etc.
Hi, it's not a nice place to be in, looking after someone with dementia, but there can be good bits as well as bad along the way. I looked after my dad who had diffuse lewy body dementia, along with my mum. For your own health you MUST look out some respite care to give yourself some time and space, no matter how much you feel like it should be you giving the care. We learnt this to our cost when mum died of a heart attack after looking after dad day and night for years. She died two weeks before dad did. I hear this isn't uncommon. Just bear in mind that good times do come along however infrequently it may seem.
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