5 things to know about caregiving and Alzheimer's disease:
1. Signs and symptoms. In its early stages, #Alzheimers
may have very mild effects including short-term memory loss. Eventually, Alzheimer’s robs people of their ability to perform basic activities of day-to-day living.
2. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s may become stressful, especially if there’s no professional caregiver helping with newfound needs.
3. Caregivers may become overwhelmed by stress. When caregivers learn to effectively manage their own stress, both they and the individual with Alzheimer’s benefit.
4. There are things caregivers can do to help manage the stress of their roles. Community organizations and hospitals can often help caregivers learn the skills and knowledge needed to help someone with Alzheimer’s, find in-home and day care services, obtain specialized medical care and get legal assistance.
5. If needed, seek out additional help through the Alzheimer’s Associations Caregiver Center or by calling the 24-hour helpline at 1-800-272-3900.
For more information, visit http://www.scripps.org/news_items/5183-5-things-to-know-about-caregiving-and-alzheimer-s-disease?utm_source=social