Coping with Alzheimer's

When a person that you love comes down with Alzheimer's disease, it is a life-changing experience. It can be truly heartbreaking to see the person that you love beginning to lose their memories, and as the disease wears on, it becomes more and more troublesome to care for your loved one. In this article, we'll give you some basic advice for coping with the trauma that you may go through in this difficult time.

When you first find out that your loved one has Alzheimer's disease, it's important to surround yourself with information about the condition. Heavily research the experiences of others and medical information regarding the disease so that you have a better understanding. The more you know about the condition, the better suited that you'll be to deal with it. You may want to consider joining a support group - it can be very helpful to surround yourself with people that know what it's like to go through the experience and they can usually offer the most pertinent advice. If you can't find a local support group, you may find the relief that you need through joining an online support group.

If you are beginning to care for someone with Alzheimer's, you should do your best to discover which times of the day the problem becomes the most severe, and when your loved one is the most relaxed. You should try to plan your day so that you can get the things that you need to do done within the period of time in which it's most easy to concentrate on yourself. You also need to consider what types of long-term plans you're going to have for caring for your loved one; it's a large financial and emotional burden to handle, but the disease is degenerative and it's a tough fact that you will have to face. It's better to be prepared than confused, and you really need to take charge when helping a loved one with Alzheimer's. Check with medicare, your insurance agency, and other organizations in order to check exactly which types of medical burdens you can bypass financially.

If the burden of caring for your loved one by yourself begins to become too much, you may want to consider the use of an adult day-care in order to give yourself some time. Be sure to heavily investigate any type of care that you may be recruiting for your loved one, but it's important for you to be able to live your own life while still caring for the patient.

These are just a few tips for preparing to care for a loved one that has come down with Alzheimer's. The task that you'll be facing is definitely a trying one, physically, emotionally, and financially. Remember that you are not alone; the problem that you face is one that is happening to thousands upon thousands of families in America alone. Be sure to maintain a balance between caring for your loved one and taking care of the personal responsibilities that you must face in your own life, and never give up.

Alzheimer's Disease on the Web


The Alzheimers Association of Greater Wisconsin is marking National Alzheimers Disease Awareness Month in November with a series of candlelight vigils. The vigil in Green Bay is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Aging and Disability Resource Center, 300 S. Adams St. The vigils are intended to remember people, families and care partners coping with Alzheimers disease and related dementias.


Before Joe Girardi rose from a high school prospect to big-league catcher to Yankees manager, he was a boy in Peoria, Ill., who wrote a third-grade essay about wanting to be a big-league ballplayer someday, and he was thrilled to call himself Jerry Girardi's son. The two of them not only played backyard games of catch or caught five or six Cubs games a year at Wrigley Field. They went everywhere ...


(Springfield, MO) -- 22,000 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease every year in southwest Missouri. People who have the disease have trouble speaking. That's why some patients in Springfield have turned to art.


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.----Palm Beach Contract Furniture has provided a special recliner that improves life for Alzheimer's patients to a day-care facility in Riviera Beach. Al Paglia says that the eight chairs are the first installations for Alzheimer's Community Care facilities through Palm Beach, St.


Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia and currently affects over 13 million people worldwide. The direct and indirect cost of Alzheimer care is over $100bn (€ 81bn) in the US alone. The direct cost of Alzheimer care in the UK was estimated at £15bn (€ 22bn).


Spiritual Renewal A Spiritual Renewal opportunity for friends and family of the Hempstead community and surrounding areas will be held at Bethlehem United Methodist Church starting on Sunday, November 16 at 3 p.m. Guest speaker will be Rev. Fred Thomas III. On Monday, November 17 through Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 7 p.m. Guest speakers on Monday will be Rev. Michael Wolf; Tuesday, Nov. 18 ...


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) -- The only known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease slows down the brain's ability to export a toxic protein known as amyloid-beta that is central to the damage the disease causes, scientists have found.


TorreyPines Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company, has agreed to sell its Alzheimers disease genetics research program to Eisai for an upfront cash payment.


Saint Louis University researchers have identified a novel way of getting a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease and stroke into the brain where it can do its work. "We found a unique approach for delivering drugs to the brain," says William A. Banks, M.D., professor of geriatrics and pharmacological and physiological science at Saint Louis University.


Intellect Neurosciences, a biopharmaceutical company, has completed validation of its European patent related to antibodies and methods of treatment for Alzheimers disease in Germany, France, UK and the Netherlands.