How to care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease
One in every five people in Bermuda over the age of 80 has Alzheimer’s disease.
It also affects one in 29 residents between the ages of 65 and 80, according to statistics released by Government which also show that 250 of every 5000 persons tested will have the disease.
In honour of World Alzheimer’s Day, the Bermuda Hospitals Board yesterday offered the following tips for caring with persons with the disease:
n assess your home environment;
n adapt to your loved one’s limitations, rather than trying to teach him or her new skills;
n simplify activities;
n provide support for your loved one’s needs;
n keep medicines secure;
n remove artificial fruit and plants which may be mistaken for food;
n keep electrical appliances out of reach;
n turn off gas to stove;
n remover clutter;
n follow established routines;
n stimulate memory with familiar pictures, signs and personal items;
n aid memory with calendars, large clocks, etc;
n keep environment quiet, calm and safe;
n relate observed changes to the physician;
n educate yourself about Alzheimer’s Disease
n reinforce to others that the disease is causing the behaviour; it is not deliberate;
n attend closely to personal hygiene, urinary and bowel elimination;
n set a comfortable pace during activities of daily living to lessen negative behaviours.