Alzheimer’s disease is a severe form of dementia that affects as many as one out of eight people over 65 years. In most cases, the families and friends of the patient cannot recognize the disease at an early stage because symptoms are usually attributed to aging.
Difficulty in talking, clouded reasoning, forgetfulness, absentmindedness and moody behavior are typical signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Thus, the role of the closest relatives is of the utmost importance for the patient.
When physicians diagnose a patient suffering from Alzheimer, the news can be devastating, both for the patient and for the surrounding area, the nearest family members, and friends.
It is a disease accompanied by a damaged memory, thinking, reasoning, planning, speech, mood and behavior, and it progress to the extent that disrupt daily functioning of the patient.
The thing that is really hard and defeating is that Alzheimer disease still does not have sufficiently effective remedy that would in the longer term return satisfactory mental functioning of the patient.
Preserving the dignity..
Patients that are diagnosed with this illness need support and it is important that they maintain the dignity and self-esteem. We should not interrupt the activities to which the patient is accustomed to before the diagnosis, but provide him with what he loves and what he enjoys and help him maintain his social contacts and work activity.
It is important to be patient. Also, people who are in the immediate environment of the patient needs to get to know the disease, found institutions and associations specialized in this issue and share their experiences and knowledge.
Taking care of patients is very demanding, both physically and emotionally, so it is essential that people in the immediate environment of the patient think about themselves also, so that they do not neglect their life and their health.
Calm and predictable environment can help to better function and reduce agitation. It also recommended the establishment of a daily routine.
It should include activities which the patient liked to do before becoming ill.
New situations, noise, large numbers of people, rushing him to remember something complicated can cause anxiety in the patient.
It is also important to control patient’s state of health and recognize it time the signs of possible infection, especially urinary. The patient will need to drink enough water and eat enough food, control blood pressure, and sugar regularly, and also to have enough physical activity.
This not just a permanent condition, it is a disease that progresses and can lead to significant changes in the functioning of the person. Patients are less and less able to function independently and have increasingly needed for others help.
Over time, they become absolutely dependent. Thus, Alzheimer becomes not a just medical problem but social also – for the family and the entire society, so it is necessary to face it in the right way.