First, it is important to engage in on-going learning about the disease process itself. The more you understand, the more you will realize that the behavioral changes are not directed at you personally. The behaviors are symptoms of the disease. Second, it is important to develop and utilize a network of professionals that can provide the assistance you need and support your caregiving efforts. In addition to relying upon professionals to assist you, it is important to call upon your personal network of support to provide you with the encouragement, care and help that you need to be a caregiver. Alzheimer’s disease is a marathon, not a sprint; it is important that you take care of yourself as you support your loved one or you may not be able to “finish the race”. Finally, it is important to remember that because Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive illness, it creates a “moving target” for the caregiver. You must constantly remain open to noticing the changes and adjusting your approach and understanding to meet the evolving demands. Just when you think you have things figured out, you are likely to have to change your approach.
Monday, March 04, 2013
How to Care For Someone With Alzheimer’s Disease
There's a good post on this topic at the LV Business Blog.