The majority of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease fit into a certain stereotype: senior citizens well over age 65, primarily women. For many people, this “senility” is not surprising. It’s even expected. But when the afflicted person is younger – in the prime of life – people are confused. Family members may be upset or angry. Doctors often are at a loss for a diagnosis.
As our population ages (by 2050, Alzheimer’s is projected to affect nearly 14 million Americans age 65 and older), we will increasingly need to answer the question: What are the boundaries of commitment and love when one partner can no longer remember the other or comprehend their shared history?
Therapy dolls have been presented to the patients because they can provide a sense of calm for when they get anxious or stressed.
“We had dolls for the females and males,” the initiative taker said. “We chose dolls because it actually helps calm them down when they get stressed or anxiety when they start to wander. It also helps the caregiver.”
The holiday season is a busy and fun time for many. However, they can also pose a challenge for millions of people who live with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
L.A. Found, equips potential wanderers with trackable bracelets that, when activated by search crews, transmit a radio signal to handheld receivers placed in several Sheriff’s Department cruisers and helicopters. The battery-operated bracelets are available to anyone with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or autism.
Psychology Today brings us the following tips that help caregivers cope with Alzheimer’s-related memory problems and behavioral changes, and improve quality of life for themselves and their loved one with Alzheimer’s:
Caregiving for a loved one with dementia can consume your life. But when everything revolves around that person, no time or energy is left to take care of yourself.
That’s bad for both of you, said UC San Diego neuropsychologist Guerry (pronounced “Gary”) M. Peavy. An exhausted person won’t be able to provide the best care, she said. Worse, the caregiver’s own health becomes at risk, raising the chance of cardiovascular disease or even dementia.