Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease at home is a difficult task and can become overwhelming at times. Each day brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and new patterns of behavior. Research has shown that caregivers themselves, often are at increased risk for depression and illness, especially if they do not receive adequate support from family, friends, and the community.
One of the biggest struggles caregivers face is dealing with the difficult behaviors of the person they are caring for. Dressing, bathing, eating—basic activities of daily living—often become difficult to manage for both the person with Alzheimer’s and the caregiver. Having a plan for getting through the day can help caregivers cope. Many caregivers have found it helpful to use strategies for dealing with difficult behaviors and stressful situations. Through trial and error you will find that some of the following tips work, while others do not. Each person with Alzheimer’s is unique and will respond differently, and each person changes over the course of the disease. Do the best you can, and remind yourself to take breaks.
We live in a world that is ever-changing and evolving. Although change has the ability to be good, bad or indifferent, the beautiful thing about the occurrence is that you have the ability to dictate its impact by your response.
Change is often defined as the act of passing from one state to another. While it is innate in many of us to dictate how things will play out in our lives,, change is an occurrence that is often beyond our control. One example of change is with the aging process. From the youngest member of your family to the oldest, we are each changing and aging at our own pace. Embracing and accepting change in our lives will help make for a happier and healthier you.
In conclusion, change is an inevitable part of life. Great or small, it will have some kind of impact on our lives. However, it is how we respond to the change that sets us apart from those who are consumed by it.
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