If Only It Could be Easier For Us!
There is a lot of Alzheimers disease information available. For senior caregivers who are
dealing with aging parents
and who want and need to learn more...
- Many websites provide Alzheimer’s disease information.
- Recreation centers where seniors attend sometimes carry pamphlets about the illness;
- so do some elder-care facilities
- and your local Council on Aging
It is helpful to get Alzheimers disease information because it is among the most common of many different forms of dementia. It affects the brain and brings about changes in the way a person thinks and remembers and behaves.
It can be helpful to find out early if an aging parent has Alzheimer’s. This may offer the possibility to at least slow down the symptoms caused by the illness. Research efforts will one day come up with a cure for this dreaded condition.
The family and other relatives of those aging parents who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease are greatly affected. It is as if their loved one has been replaced by a stranger pretending to be that person.
- They look just like them, but their personality is suddenly very different; so is their memory of recent events (or, more to the point, their lack of memory of recent events).
- They may start searching all over for their eyeglasses, which you later find in the refrigerator.
- All of a sudden, they can no longer add or subtract.
- They may be unable to find their way back home from the same corner store they’ve walked to for thirty years.
- Drastic mood swings and irritability often surprise the caregiver and family of those who are affected. The least little thing seems to ‘set them off’ into a fit of anger; then, a moment later, they’re right back to their usual, sweet, self again.
One woman caregiver described how her strong, willful mother seemed to be taken over by a needy, indecisive look-alike.
- “That was bad enough, until she also started confusing the salt for the sugar and in other ways got confused when she cooked- and this is a woman well-known for her great cooking. She started being suspicious of even her closest friends and relatives. She was now defensive about things that never used to bother her before, as if she were some evil, cranky imposter!”
Some who’ve never had any difficulty with words might find themselves struggling to express themselves, as one son recalls.
Lack of interest
- “My dad loved to read and could talk with anyone about any subject. So it was especially tough on all of us to watch as he’d take forever just to form one sentence, or use entirely wrong words. Then what he did say, when he finally said it, didn’t make sense.”
in lifelong passions and lapses in judgment
are also common among Alzheimer’s sufferers. That helps to explain why someone with the disease might go outside when it’s cold and snowing, wearing only shorts and a tee shirt.
Still, don’t assume that this Alzheimers disease information will provide answers necessarily for the reasons behind any of these symptoms. A visit to the doctor for Alzheimer’s disease information to find out for sure may ease some of your concerns. Or, if it is Alzheimer’s, you can have the head start you need to manage its effects as best you can.
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