Alzheimers Care Difficulties
Your loved one was an individual before developing Alzheimers and still is one. In a similar way, the disease expresses itself differently at different stages and with different people, so there are no hard and fast rules to follow if youre the caregiver. You probably know a lot about what your loved one needs and about the kind of assistance you can use. But here are some general suggestions you might find helpful:
Nutrition and exercise are important for Alzheimers patients. If possible, a daily walk is recommended. But if that is no longer viable, walks around the house will do. Pay special attention to your patients diet, offering one that is low in sugar and processed foods and high in nutrients.
Keep a daily schedule with set routines. Whenever possible avoid surprises.
Socializing is also important. Welcome visitors and if theres a senior center with activities for Alzheimers patients, consider taking advantage of it.
You probably know when your loved one is at their best. Try to schedule the most challenging activities during this time.
Make an effort, whenever possible, to adapt activities to the changing abilities of the patients. Completely any task is gratifying for everyone involved. But keep in mind that skills that are lost will not be regained.