Alzheimer’s disease is a gradual degenerative brain disease. Typically, it changes an individual’s:
- Personality and behavior
- Ability to manage daily activities and learn new things
- Capacity to remember, think, and use language appropriately
Some people may worry that if they lose their keys or forget someone’s name, that this may be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. However, that level of forgetfulness is usually just a normal sign of aging. Alzheimer’s disease, on the other hand, is progressive and affects both memory and the ability to manage daily activities.
If someone you love has Alzheimer’s disease, you are not alone. There are presently an estimated 5.3 million Americans with the disease. It can be very challenging to watch a loved one struggle with this disease, especially because there is currently no cure. The disease progresses at variable rates but always on a downward slope. Meeting this challenge begins with getting a proper diagnosis, then learning what to expect and developing a plan that is appropriate to each stage of the disease.
For caregivers, adjusting to the changes in a person you love can cause your emotions to run high. One day you may feel sad, worried, angry, or even resentful while others you may be empathetic, understanding, and accepting. Try to be good to yourself, take it one day at a time, and ask for help when you need it. In the next article we will discuss strategies for dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer’s.
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