Alzheimer’s disease does not only affect the patients alone, but it affects their loved ones. Stats reveal that the disease is not limited to the older generation; those below 65 years too could fall “prey” to the disease. Because this disease is a progressive one that worsens as the year goes by, treatment and care should be taken seriously. And to reduce the stress of catering for these patients alone, family members need the help of medical experts.
A person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s suffers from so many symptoms, among which are memory loss, confusion, uncontrollable bladder, etc., and the effects that come with dealing with all these symptoms in a loved one is quite stressful and tiring on the friends and family. One can be drained physically and emotionally caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, which is why it is important to augment your care for them by seeking professional help.
You do not want to care for your loved ones at the expense of your own mental, emotional, and physical well-being. You need to balance up caring for them and making sure you are also fit both physically and mentally.
Effects of Alzheimer’s on Friends and Family
#1 Emotional instability
#2 Psychological distress
#3 Poor health conditions
#4 Lack of quality time to rest
#5 Consistent increase in health care bills
#6 Loss of earnings as a result of reduced working hours
#7 Financial challenge as a result of the indirect cost of caring for the patient
Ken Petti says, “sometimes it takes more courage to ask for help than to act alone.” This here is why you should seek help for your loved one who is showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s and also get help for yourself if caring for an Alzheimer’s family member or friend is taking a toll on you.