Nobody ever chooses Alzheimer’s disease. Given a selection of Alzheimer’s or cancer, lots of people would choose cancer. Cancer victims are usually permitted to keep their dignity. They continue to be given respect. Their struggle is seen as courageous and valiant. Individuals who struggle with mental disorders are not always given the same respect. This seems particularly true for people who have been victimized by Alzheimer’s. They lose everything, including their dignity. They are seen as crazy people and frequently become the topic of distasteful jokes. Individuals that are not knowledgeable about Alzheimer’s disease do not know their struggles and many will attempt to avoid those people who are sick with this disease. Alzheimer’s caregivers have the job of restoring dignity and respect to the unlucky sufferers of Alzheimer’s.
Here are a Few Tips to help caregivers accomplish this aim:
- Never discuss Alzheimer’s disease or the fact that the individual has Alzheimer’s in front of them. Nobody knows how much the sick person knows. Suppose they know the conversation but are not able to organize their ideas or vocalize them at the moment. Discussing their condition in the front of the individual appears heartless, and yet it happens all of the time. If you experience this occurring in a care centre, express your feelings and ask that the employees refrain from doing so in front of your loved one. When this happened to my aunt, she had been upset by the conversation. There is no excuse for imposing any more pain on people who have already lost so much to their own disease. A considerate caregiver will take care to avoid such conditions.
- Make it a priority to familiarize others around your loved one with who they were before the onset of the disease. Help other men and women appreciate their interests and accomplishments. Educate others to view them as a person of value who has loved and been loved. Remind people that they are still capable of enjoying even with Alzheimer’s. Obviously, they still need love, too.
- Be patient with them. Their unpredictable behavior would not always be pleasant. Try not to take it personally when they become difficult. Remember they have a disorder and cannot be held liable for their own actions. This is not always simple, but is an absolute requirement for all Alzheimer’s caregivers.
- Keep the Individual’s Appearance clean and neat. Problems like incontinence and refusing to bathe will complicate this, but we see this as a dignity issue, also. My aunt always enjoyed dressing well by senior living. Since we became responsible for her maintenance, we have worked to keep her previous appearance as closely as possible. I spite of Alzheimer’s, she’s still worried that her clothes match and that she feels confident about how she looks. This includes keeping her hair combed and make-up performed well.