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Alzheimer's Disease - The Recommendations On Living With & Caring For Alzheimer's
Around 417,000 people in the UK are affected by Alzheimer’s disease making it one of the most common causes of dementia. One in 14 people over the age of 65 suffer from the illness and it is not unusual for Alzheimer’s to develop in younger generations. Currently there are 15,000 known cases of Alzheimer patients under the age of 65 in the UK.


Alzheimer’s is a physical disease producing ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’ in the structure of the brain leading to loss of brain cells and the deficiency of vital brain chemicals. Alzheimer’s gradually damages more parts of the brain over time with the symptoms steadily becoming more severe.


Early implications of Alzheimer’s include experiences of memory loss and being unable to find the right words to communicate. As Alzheimer’s progresses the confusion and memory loss is more severe, for example forgetting names, important appointments and recent events.


When caring for an individual with Alzheimer's disease safety and accessibility are significant concerns. Problems that occur in the home can include, forgetting how to use familiar household appliances, becoming easily confused, struggling with balance, changes in vision and hearing, plus sensitivity to temperatures.


Above all perhaps one of the most common and demanding symptoms for the carer is wandering. Seven out of every ten people with dementia will wander and become lost during the course of the disease, and nearly all will do so frequently.


To combat these potential problems here is a list of useful suggestions that could make life caring for a person with Alzheimer’s less challenging.


To prevent falls & help with balance install grab rails in the shower or bath to enable the person to move around safely and independently. Shower seats and commode chairs are also helpful if they have restricted mobility. Add rubber grip bath mats to slippery surfaces and ensure rugs and carpeting are fixed in place by adhesive, or alternatively remove them completely. For balance around the home a walking trolley will make the Alzheimer’s sufferer feel secure.


To prevent wandering most Alzheimer’ societies suggest the carer place door and window locks out of sight and reach (either very high or very low) of the patient. If concerns for their safety is becoming increasingly worrying then resorting to using a pressure-sensitive mat at the door or person's bedside that sounds an alarm may reassure you. It is also paramount to inform your community, neighbours and police so they can keep a close eye on them too.


Enhance their self-esteem by involving them in household duties. To make it easier and safer for the Alzheimer’s sufferer to participate in preparing meals, washing dishes and making cups of tea invest in some mobility utensils. Useful mobility products include kitchen opening aids, kettle tippers and much more. These simple and affordable items can make a significant difference to both your life and theirs.


To find out more about what you can do to improve the quality of life for an Alzheimer’s patient contact any one of the Alzheimer’s societies. To get mobility products that will make life less challenging get in touch with www.collinscare.co.uk.

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