Dealing With the Ups and Downs of Alzheimer's

Dealing With the Ups and Downs of Alzheimer’s

Patients with Alzheimer’s need to know how to maximize their independence.

Here are some tips that you and others can learn, based on advice from others who have been on this journey before

The Changes to Expect From Alzheimer’s

If you suffer from Alzheimer’s, many things may have changed. Some things used to come easily to you, but many will now be increasingly difficult.

One example is managing finances. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Let your family or friends know that you are going through certain stages of this condition. The worst thing you can do is to try to fake it or cover up. Going through it “alone” will only lead to greater stress.

It’s best to accept these changes and strive to learn how to adapt to memory loss and learn new skills. Learn how to restore balance in every aspect of your life. There are certain coping strategies that will help you to stay active every day. If you feel that you are losing control over your life, don’t worry. This is normal and to be expected. In time, you will have learned how to adapt.

Make Your Own Strategy to Cope

At this point, you’re already aware that many daily tasks are getting difficult. Simple chores may now appear complicated. Here is what you should focus on:

Create Reminder Strategies

For example, if a challenging task such as shopping for groceries is getting difficult because you forget, make a list. Even if you were able to go shopping without these lists before, having a reminder can help you to work out your day. It aids you in prioritizing only the necessary items.

Another example is taking medication. Many people who suffer from Alzheimer’s forget to take their medication. This is a dangerous problem. You should focus on creating a reminder strategy for this period. Place your to-do lists in an obvious place in the house where you can see them and also where the lists are visible to anyone else around to help you.

Prioritize Necessary Tasks

Expect that many things will now feel overwhelming. Even things that you could have tackled with no problems before.

Prioritize only the necessary tasks for the day, and ask somebody else to help you with the things that can wait a little while. An example of this is writing out checks or paying bills. You can still sign each check, which needs your signature. But have someone else to calculate, and manage your finances like an accounting consultant or family member.

Set Realistic Goals

If there are any tasks that have suddenly become too difficult to finish, don’t stress about them. Only focus on what needs to be done today.

As you develop a daily routine, you’ll find it does get easier keeping track of a few important tasks. Staying on a regular time schedule is essential. Have a friend or family member figure out what needs to be done. Divide tasks up by goals for the day, week or month. This is a strategy for finding out the next step you should take in this moment.

Recognize Stress Triggers

Some things do cause you more anxiety than others. Write down a list of these triggers.

Do you feel upset when other people try to rush you about? Do you get stressed or worried if people are explaining something too fast to you? Your family and friends can help you to recognize and address certain triggers causing unexpected stress.

For example, your spouse may understand that talking to you in a very rushed way is not benefiting anyone. This knowledge will help them work on changing their daily habits.

Asking for Help

This is one of the most difficult things for individuals living with Alzheimer’s to experience: loss of independence.

It can be a very debilitating feeling. But don’t be afraid to ask for help. Those who truly care about you are concerned with your progress. They want to see you improve and stay healthy. They will help you to manage your schedules, navigate relationships and live with the condition of Alzheimer’s.

Stay Connected With Others Who Understand

You can join online communities, visit medical centers or speak with our professionals about living with Alzheimer’s.

During this time, you’ll experience many new feelings. It’s beneficial to have the support of those who can understand your condition — those who understand what is going on with your body, both medically physically psychologically and emotionally.

Having a good team of support to surround you and care for you on this journey will give the strength you need to deal with the everyday ups and downs of Alzheimer’s.

Do you need to speak to someone about your medical condition? Do you have questions and need answers? Call us today for a consultation. We’re here to help.

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