What is it like to care for someone with Alzheimer's disease?
Patients with Alzheimer's are constantly bombarded with different emotions. One minute they can be very happy, and the next, they can snap out and have tantrums just like a child. However, it is important to remember that the patient does not have control over his or her emotions.
Failure to remember things or people in their life can cause confusion, anger, and frustration to the patient. Oftentimes, the patient takes out their frustration on the person closest them, which is mostly the caregiver. In turn, caregivers also suffer tremendously not only physically but also emotionally while providing care to the patient.
The emotional rollercoaster for the caregiver is perhaps the most challenging part when providing care for the patient. It is difficult for families and caregivers to see a loved one change day by day into almost a different person. While there will be days where a patient can cope with the disease, there will also be days where a patient will not be who you remember them as.