Alzheimer’s disease brings many challenges for patients and their families. Memory loss, confusion, difficulty communicating, depression, and sleep disturbances are just a few of the effects of the disease. Adjusting to the changes in ability and lifestyle caused by Alzheimer’s can be stressful; however, it is possible to adapt and figure out coping strategies that benefit you and your family.
In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, it can be difficult to accept the changes that are taking place. Many people affected by the disease are worried about the reactions of friends and family. It is common to experience anxiety about losing independence due to Alzheimer’s. To avoid dealing with this frightening reality, some Alzheimer’s sufferers attempt to disguise their symptoms. However, accepting the changes that Alzheimer’s brings is essential to maximizing independence and quality of life.
Even though Alzheimer’s compromises the ability to function with complete independence, there are coping strategies that allow a greater sense of autonomy. In fact, people with Alzheimer’s, especially in the early stages of the disease, can accomplish many tasks on their own. Recognizing their limitations can actually empower Alzheimer’s patients to do more, as they develop ways of coping that take into account their individual needs and challenges. Creating and maintaining a daily routine, identifying the situations that cause stress and anxiety and making a plan to cope with them, allowing plenty of time to complete tasks, and taking a slow, deliberate approach to solving problems are all ways in which people with Alzheimer’s can maintain their independence. Even simple activities like getting dressed, preparing a meal, or corresponding with a friend can provide a sense of accomplishment and meaning. Although it may take longer to complete tasks, it is important to allow Alzheimer’s sufferers the opportunity to take part in activities that let them maintain a sense of independence.
Edison Home Health Care is happy to advise and assist you or any loved one who seek appropriate care of Alzheimer’s disease. Give us a call at 888-311-1142, or fill out a contact form and we will respond shortly.