Living with Alzheimer Disease
Living with Alzheimer disease is quite a challenge. It is very difficult to witness someone suffering from this disease. Alzheimer’s is also the same as dementia. Essentially what happens during Alzheimer’s is an individuals brain begins to cease functioning. The person becomes forgetful and fails to do complete simple daily tasks. It is quite common for someone who is diagnosed Alzheimer’s to cause someone to function abnormally, partake in repetitive rituals. They also may develop an uncharacteristic method of completing simple responsibilities. The person also may have trouble expressing themselves, or participating in a conversation.
Alzheimer’s is a quite devastating disease that drastically changes a highly functioning individual to a dramatic level that requires living assistance and frequent medical intervention. Without mediations, individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s would become incapable of living on their own. It is vital for another relative or nurse to periodically check on their relatives to ensure their safety and well-being. It is also recommended that a family member, nurse or even neighbors, are aware of a daily routine. This way, the family can remotely monitor a relative with Alzheimer’s. Another safety tactic that can be used to supervise the individual is to question where they are going. Just incase they were incapable of navigating to and from their destination. Unfortunately, it is quite easy for an individual living with this disease to fail to recall directions or instantly forget what they are doing.
Speaking from personal experience, witnessing Alzheimer’s and dementia is a terrible scene. Personally, it began with my great-grandmother. Most recently, both of my grandmothers have experienced Alzheimer’s. Throughout their lives, they were both highly intelligent and highly functioning individuals and never required any type of medical assistance or intervention.
My grandmother’s were able to remember everything, who we are, and where they were. They were able to participate in advanced conversations and would never forget their current tasks. Unfortunately, their lives drastically changed once they were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Thankfully at least one of my grandmother’s remain and still functions fairly. Without my family’s intervention, and her medication, her situation can be significantly worse.
Conclusively, Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease. The disease can drastically change an independent adult to become dependent on others. It is quite depressing to see anyone; especially family members suffer from this. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure. Hopefully there will be as medical knowledge advances.