As a whole we should be bringing attention to Alzheimer’s disease, instead of putting a negative stigma behind it. It’s important to make it known to a global audience, recognizing dementia and the challenging factors behind this cognitive decline.
Learn the ways to make other’s aware of Alzheimer’s Disease:
Changing Views on Alzheimer’s
High numbers of seniors are now living with Alzheimer’s, at a rate of 5 million people. Also, one in three seniors will die with Alzheimer’s and the numbers are rising. It’s important to rethink our ideas about seniors with this disease.
You can change the way you think by the way you socialize with those who have the disease, take these steps today:
Making Others Aware
There are certain celebrities bringing attention to Alzheimer’s Disease in a positive way, through comedy. Actor Seth Rogen created the Hilarity for Charity that raises money for research on Alzheimer’s disease. He has been speaking out about the funding needed for Alzheimer’s. His mother-in-law dealt with the disease and it had a major effect on their family. Rogen hopes that by raising funds for Alzheimer’s and sharing his personal story that the stigma linked with Alzheimer’s will change.
More people need to speak up about the disease because those suffering need help. It puts a major financial strain on the individual and their families. People need to know that they’re not alone and their stores need to be heard. Alzheimer’s needs to be recognized by our government and healthcare systems, so that it finally gets the attention and funding that it needs for change to occur.
Socializing is Beneficial to Alzheimer’s
Socializing with those who have Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging, especially if you see your loved one acting differently. Although, we need to put this aside and do what’s best for them because socializing with Alzheimer’s can have significant benefits. Don’t underestimate the importance of socialization for Alzheimer’s. Experts encourage socialization for dementia patients for many reasons:
- It Supports Brain Health
- It Improves Focus
- It Strengthens a Sense of Time and Place
- It Generates a Stronger Sense of Inclusion
When speaking to someone with Alzheimer’s it’s beneficial to remain calm and speak slowly and clearly. It’s best to keep your wording simple and avoid loud and unexpected noises. You can show them that you’re interested by maintaining eye contact and being present. Be prepared to repeat yourself or to listen patiently as your loved one tells you the same thing repeatedly.
Stages of Alzheimer’s
It’s common to assume that someone with Alzheimer’s is unable to to keep up with a conversation, but that’s not correct. There are different stages of Alzheimer’s with different symptoms in each stage. In the early stages memory problems can make it easy to forget conversations, while in the middle stages personality changes could occur.
The symptoms of Alzheimer’s change over time, where the middle and early stages could have different completely different behavioral patterns. It’s still possible to lead a normal life, but certain tasks might need a reminder with a planner or alarm. Doing a daily checklist first thing in the morning can help those with Alzheimer’s remember their daily tasks.
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