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How to Cope with a Loved One Who Has Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease can be very confusing and scary for one to experience. It accumulates over several years and normally occurs within older age. It is important to know how to cope with one who is experiencing Alzheimer’s because it can be very sudden and stressful. Most patients with this disease take medications to ease some of the symptoms, but when a person is taking multiple medications for this it tends to have an adverse reaction on their body. They may feel tired, confused, experience mood swings, suffer from memory loss, or feel sickness in the stomach. But the medication is needed to treat the more severe symptoms that include hallucinations and aggression. It is hard to maintain a relationship you may have once had with a loved one when they are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

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 Here are 5 helpful tips for you and your family on how to cope with a loved one who may suffer from this disease:

 Involve the Entire Family:

For more comforting results, everyone should take equal care of their loved one. Communication and working hands on together will help keep the family aware and in sync.

 Family Meetings:

Everyone who is going to be a part of taking care of the patient should meet regularly. This is to discuss any complications and responsibilities between one another. It can be one of the toughest jobs and it’s important for all to know what’s going on. If you’re having trouble with the meetings or if they are causing confrontation around the house, try seeking a family counselor.

 Don’t Criticize:

Don’t fight over who is caring for the loved one better or worse. That person can still see everyone’s behavior, and the goal is to make them feel comfortable and at ease.

 Honesty is Key:

It is important during this time to make sure the family is upfront with one another. If you are dealing with any stress, talk about it. This is the time when your loved ones need you the most.

 Counseling if Necessary:

Sometimes, holding family meetings can be unsuccessful and start arguments. If you know this is something your family can not handle alone, it is perfectly normal to see a counselor. They will provide you with a successful plan of action for your and your family. Don’t ever be afraid to suggest this alternative to the family, they are there to help you cope.

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