What! You’re making Fun of Alzheimer’s? No! No! No!
The purpose of this site is to show what’s involved with caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. It shows some of the problems you have to put up with, sometimes daily, sometimes rarely, and maybe even never. That’s because everyone with Alzheimer’s is an individual and may or may not have the same symptoms.
In spite of each person showing possibly different symptoms there is a somewhat general set of symptoms that most persons afflicted with the disease will exhibit at one time or another during their Illness.
Unfortunately there is no cure for the disease at this time. There are steps one can take to reduce the chances of getting Alzheimer’s, but that is no guarantee it won’t happen to you or anyone. Also there are medicines persons with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can take that will help them in some way, but not cure them.
Alzheimer’s may be hereditary
Alzheimer’s may be hereditary but as far as I know it has not been proven conclusively. It does seem to run in families sometimes. If your parents or one of them had it there may be a stronger chance of you getting Alzheimer’s than if they didn’t have it. Read up on the disease and learn more about Alzheimer’s if you are interested in the scientific data.
My purpose here is to bring out as much detail as I can about the entire situation dealing with someone with Alzheimer’s. I have a unique perspective on the situation that many others do not. We are taking care of elderly persons in our home.
Our home is a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) and we have had many Alzheimer’s persons over the years live with us, including now.
I am basically an observer
Although I do help care for them in little ways, I am basically an observer, by default, since I live here too. My wife and caregivers, as needed, do almost all the work involved with them. But I am not working at present so I was “drafted” to help more. In this site you will have a bird’s eye view of dealing with someone with Alzheimer’s.
It’s tragic in many instances, sad in others, and silly in others. And to be truthful, some things they do are funny, but they’d be funny no matter who did them. So some actions could be funny, but the disease is anything but funny.
It’s a serious mind destroying disease. I am not bashing anyone with the disease or putting them down, but just showing what’s happening in our facility during their stay here. Some of these same things could happen to you in your home if you take care of someone with the disease, especially as the disease progresses.
I know how it feels if someone in your family has Alzheimer’s
I am also not making light of the disease, as I know how it feels to have someone in your family have the disease. It’s a tragic disease. One of my parents had the disease and believe me; Alzheimer’s can ravish the soul of the person who has it.
It can leave little evidence of its existence or a lot. It depends on the person. It takes a strong willed person to care for someone with Alzheimer’s, especially in the later stages of the disease.
If it’s you caring for them you have to learn to be strong. Some will not be able to handle it, others will for a while, yet others can see it through to the inevitable end. That end is death and it can be in a few years or in some cases even ten years or longer.
You Care for them or place them elsewhere
In the end many may have no choice in dealing with someone who has or gets Alzheimer’s if it’s in your immediate family. If you cannot handle it or cannot afford to have permanent in-home care for them you could end up having to place them in an RCFE or convalescent home.
Check out the site further if you want to know more about what’s involved and what to possibly expect when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
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