Alzheimer represents one of the biggest challenges and ever-present medical condition in our time. The Alzheimer Association estimates that around 5.5 million Americans of all ages are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, many research studies suggest that unfortunately these numbers will increase in the next decade. That is why, it is imperative to know how to deal with this medical condition. In this article we will elaborate a some important techniques that can help in the process of dealing with Alzheimer.
Seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can often experience mood swings. According to Dr. Drew, Director of Family and Information Services for the Alzheimer’s Association, the best formula that a caregiver can utilize in these situations is to mitigate the pattern of mood and behavior instability. This can be achieved by having the general image of the patient. This includes knowing about the individual history, hobbies, favorite music or food, likes and dislikes, what makes them happy, the things that makes them angry and so on. By having the personal history, a specialist can create a proper schedule and organize the day with the goal to anticipate and prevent many negative situations that may occur. This strategy is known as solving the problem before it happens. By incorporating several concepts and methodological solutions, the signs of distress can be noticed in the early stage and will be prevented.
Detailed conceptual solutions may incorporate filling the day with various recreation and leisure activities in which the patient is feels happy and comfortable and happy. Setups with specific sights, sounds and tastes they enjoy. Moreover, this prevention platform needs to be combined with plenty of diversified activities in order to prevent feelings and impression of boredom and frustration. According to, Christine Bryden, (an author of “Dancing with Dementia”) a proper management of diet, activity and medical drugs can minimize pain that might also cause mood swings. This combination represents the main strategy that is incorporated in the various resident health homes in which the residents are affected by Alzheimer.
According to Dr. Drew the first step when dealing with someone with Alzheimer’s that is experiencing anger or the patient is withdrawn is to assess for pain or discomfort. Many people undermine the level of pain the people with Alzheimer suffer. In these situations the medical specialists need to be included in order to diagnose and treat the problem. On many occasions, clinicians interpret the change in behavior as a consequence of the disease. However, in many cases that is simply generated by the individual wearing uncomfortable clothing, feeling anxiety, being hungry, bored and so on. Having a proper communication and anticipation combined with additional attention can galvanize the process of prevention of negative situations.
On a conclusive note, the problem with Alzheimer represent a complex and challenging issue. While clinicians and health specialists are conducting constant research studies and analysis, it is important to incorporate the human factor of feelings, activities and pre-planning as the primary mechanism for dealing with t