Family Support

Nov|Dec 2017

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month!

November is National Family Caregivers Month!

What are the Signs of Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease progresses in several stages: preclinical, mild (sometimes called early-stage), moderate, and severe (sometimes called late-stage).

Preclinical – people seem to be symptom-free, but toxic changes are taking place in the brain.

Mild or Early-Stage:

Moderate:

Severe or Late-Stage:

Source: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-are-signs-alzheimers-disease

Alzheimer's Caregiving: Tips for Communicating with Family & Friends

Educate family & friends on Alzheimer’s disease and its effects.

Tell them exactly what they can do to help and let them know that YOU need breaks.

Help family & friends understand what the loved one can still do and understand.

Give visitors ideas on how to start a conversation with the person.  For example, make eye contact and say, “Hello George, I’m John.  We used to work together.”

Help visitors avoid correcting the person if he or she makes a mistake of forgets something.  Instead, respond to the feelings expressed or change the subject.

Help family & friends plan fun activities with the person.  A photo album can be a good distraction.

Tell visitors the best time to visit when the person with Alzheimer’s is at his or her best.

Tell visitors to be calm and quiet.  Don’t use a loud voice or talk to the person as if he or she were a child.

Tell visitors to respect the person’s personal space and don’t get too close.

Finally, tell family & friends to not take it personally if the loved one does not recognize you, is unkind, or gets angry.  He or she is acting out of confusion.

For more support, visit:

www.nia.hih.gov/alzheimers

www.alz.org

www.alzfdn.org

Source:  https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/helping-family-and-friends-understand-alzheimers-disease