8 Tips for Daily Life with Alzheimer's
Finding The Right Resources and Care After Diagnosis
Treatment after an Alzheimer's diagnosis can be seen by many as devastating news. With the right steps and care, setting up future plans and helping prevent faster onsets of the disease is possible. As a disease that can progress slowly over time, it is vital to start making immediate steps after diagnosis. Making the proper choices should be discussed with a healthcare provider. Although some individuals might not feel as if they have a place to turn to, growing needs and care are becoming more of an issue for many hospitals and facilities.
- Identifying the correct resources as well as care post the diagnosis: Getting diagnosed with Alzheimer’s itself is a daunting news for an individual which is then followed by a series of treatment. By carrying out the correct steps as well as setting up future plans can help in prevention of the faster onset of this medical condition. Since this disease is known to progress gradually over time it becomes important for taking certain immediate steps once being diagnosed with the disease.
- Try to put in place a daily routine: By putting in place a proper and daily routine it would help in the progression of this disease. It is vital to take in continuous efforts on the part of the patient and it would also mean that the caregivers should tend to keep up with the various activities which can be manageable as well as assist in engaging the mind of the individual over a period of time. Certain activities which can prove to be beneficial are music, games, art, writing or any other kind of mentally stimulating activities can prove to be of lot of help to such patients. But in doing all of this do not try to push in those activities which may seem to be frustrating for them. Also whole scheduling, it should not be too much of activities else it can drain them off completely.
- Put up goals which can meet up to realistic standards: Take one day at a time since it would not only prove to be beneficial for the long term health of the individual but it can also give those individuals who are in the early stages something to look ahead. Approach each task one step at a time and also ensure that proper time is given to them to complete that task. By setting up goals which are realistic to be achieved and also practicing would help with depression or anxiety disorders. Try out various strategies as well as methods which can ultimately help in the long run.
- Dietary Changes: Diet may not help in curing this condition but it can certainly help in improving the delay caused in the cognitive issues and also help to ease out certain symptoms. Cut off on the refined sugar items, limit foods which are high in cholesterol, limit the intake of salt which can help in lowering blood pressure. Include veggies, fruits, lean proteins, nuts, legumes and nuts as part of the daily diet.
- Keep Engaged: Try out activities which can help in improving as well as refreshing the mind of the individual. Try to carry out something which you love to do, certain hobbies that can fit within the schedule as well as lifestyle. Go in for low cost activities such as walking around or join a game group.
- Get enough of sleep: Any changes in the sleeping pattern can affect the medical condition of the patient and in Alzheimer’s there are concerns about lack of sleep or nap during the day. Try to seek out treatments for pain, ensure that the room temperature is comfortable and nightlights as a way to view in the darkened hallways.
- Follow-up with doctor regularly: It becomes important to ensure that regular check-ups should be carried out. Maintain a calendar as well as a journal for daily reminders since it becomes extremely important for those with loss of memory. Ensure to stay up to date on one’s personal hygiene and do not take too many tasks at once.
- Assisting to help in remembering tasks: For an Alzheimer’s patient it may become difficult to remember even small tasks hence notes can be put around the house for the individual to remember certain activities and it would also provide for a sense of accomplishment.