The responsibility for caring for Alzheimer’s patients generally falls on their spouses and children. Caregivers must constantly be on guard for the possibility of an Alzheimer’s patient wandering away or becoming agitated or confused in a manner that jeopardizes the patient or others. Coping with a loved one’s decline and inability to recognize familiar faces causes enormous pain.
(Caring for the Alzheimer’s patient, Caring for Alzheimer’s patients generally)
The increased burden faced by families is intense, and the life of the Alzheimer’s caregiver is often called a 36-hour day. Not surprisingly, caregivers often develop health and psychological problems of their own as a result of this stress. The Alzheimer’s Association, a national organization with local chapters throughout the United States, was formed in 1980 in large measure to provide support for Alzheimer’s caregivers. Today, national and local chapters are a valuable source for information, referral, and advice. (Caring for the Alzheimer’s patient, Caring for Alzheimer’s patients generally)
CARING FOR THE ALZHEIMER’S PATIENT | Caring for Alzheimer’s patients generally