It is perfectly normal to become more forgetful as we age but, Alzheimer’s is one of the diseases that is mostly associated with old people. Alzheimer’s is a progressive mental deterioration that occurs in middle age or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. Meaning to say, that gradually, over time, this disease damages more part of the brain. And as this happens, more symptoms occur and makes it severe. This is the most common cause of dementia – symptoms that can include memory loss and the difficulty in language, thinking or problem solving.
People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s changes their view in life as well as their family and the people close to them. Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s takes a lot of courage for a person to accept, be it the patient or the family. It is frustrating because you can’t just make it go away with over the counter medications. There are treatments for Alzheimer’s patients but these treatments do not ensure that you will be healed completely.
First Move When Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s
If you are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you might want to open up with your family. They are the ones who can understand you. Yes, it may not be easy to accept but, you don’t have to be hard on yourself. You are not alone. Make sure that you talk to your family about your situation while your mind isn’t fuzzy yet. This will also prepare them for the possible things that could happen, especially if your Alzheimer’s gets worst, e.g. can’t remember who they are, repeats everything you said already, etc.
As I’ve mentioned, Alzheimer’s can change lives. So, in opening up with your family, they will be able to prepare for your caring needs. You need someone to watch over you since there is a tendency that you will no longer be able to do the simple task like cooking or even taking a bath. As the disease worsen you will no longer be familiar with places that you used to go. You will always need someone to accompany and watch over you every time you went out of the house. Writing the things that you usually do and keeping it in plain sight will help you remember – somehow, the things you normally do. You can even paste pictures of your loved ones and friends with their names on it on the walls of your room. In that way, it will help you continue your life and remember them. Physical exercise can even help your muscle strength and body coordination. This can also help you boost your mood and will make you feel less anxious.
But, the most important of all is preparing yourself. Prepare yourself for all the possibilities. Never panic. Accepting what is will be your best weapon against this battle. Acceptance will help you prepare yourself for things that you needed to do while you can still remember. In this way, your family will not have a hard time accepting your situation. This will help both of you face your situation even if it’s hard and complicated.