Staying in the familiar surroundings can keep patients with Alzheimer’s feeling safe and loved.
At first, no one really noticed something was wrong. Then over time, things became more apparent. She would walk into rooms and forget why she was there. Called people with wrong names and often lost tracks of dates and streets. At the age of 73, she started behaving like a 16 years old rebelling teenager – irritated, aggressive and angry.
With passage of time, she forgot her own personal history, stopped interacting with people and preferred staying in bed. It soon became evident; she was suffering from Alzheimer’s – the mind-erasing disease. Her family was losing her day by day, little by little.
What exactly is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes. As it worsens, the patient requires assistance with even simple daily tasks like eating, dressing, bathing and using the bathroom. The disease gets worse with time.
There is very little awareness about Alzheimer’s in India. Ironically, memory failure and behavior problems are often attributed not to normal aging process and not Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer can give tough time to caregiver and family if recognized at the eleventh hour. Early diagnosis and treatment helps the patient maintain their daily life and independence, which also helps reduce the caregiver’s burden.
Medication and Care
Unfortunately, there’s currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But the right approach and care can help your loved ones maintain a high quality of life even in the face of memory loss. Staying in the familiar surroundings can keep patients with Alzheimer’s feeling safe and loved.
Proper medication helps stabilize the course of the disease and delay progression of the disease. Often, as the patient becomes increasingly dependent and helpless, he/she needs constant care. This may require someone to constantly stay near the patient.
MUrgency can help you and your loved ones here. We understand the pressure and responsibility it takes to care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. So, we offer day care services that will help family members experience relief and lower stress levels. Our highly trained caregivers provide support and personalized care.
We also offer Monitoring Packages for Elderly wherein we monitor your parent’s health on a regular basis and give them access to timely and reliable medical care.