Aside from cardiovascular diseases, one of the common conditions that most adults acquire during their older years is Alzheimer’s disease. This type of dementia gradually damages the mind, reasoning capacity, and capability to perform activities of a person. Moreover, it is incapable of being reversed at least for people during their 60s.
“Where’re my glasses?” you ask. Then, you realize that they were on the top of your head all along. Or do you remember your grandparents always asking for your name, as if they did not know you all their life? Forgetfulness can come with age; however, how can you distinguish aging with Alzheimer’s disease?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, most people who age do not get Alzheimer’s; however, it does occur in about 1 in 9 people (11 percent) who are age 65 and older. Alzheimer’s doubles the risk of premature death in people age 70 and older. —
Whenever a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, loved ones are usually affected mentally and emotionally. While the patient is dealing with the symptoms of the disease, family members also deal with the sadness of witnessing the difficulties and challenges brought about by Alzheimer’s. Here are some of the coping strategies which can help the whole family deal with this event more manageable.