Families are in deep pain upon realizing that their loved one can no longer remember their names due to Alzheimer’s disease. The situation may get worst if the elderly can no longer do simple tasks.
Though it is common for many people to live independently upon reaching adulthood, there are some individuals mostly those with very strong family ties have decided to live with extended family members. Individuals initially may do not understand why their grandmother or grandfather who used to go to the commissary to buy food suddenly forgets his or her way home. The website SeniorAdvice.com says symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease like memory loss, inability to think, mood shifts, poor judgment, and confusion are impossible to ignore. Some individuals might be afraid or embarrassed for other people to know that one of their loved one has Alzheimer’s disease. As this common type of dementia is difficult to keep secret to other people, it may help to become honest with other people if their loved one has Alzheimer’s disease.
Households may find it hard to do other things if one member is afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Individuals, mostly those who are considered “breadwinners” in the family, may experience frustration if their loved one suddenly becomes dependent as a result of completely forgetting to do or remember almost everything. Family members may need to help their loved one with Alzheimer’s disease to perform basic tasks like eating and maintaining proper hygiene. An elderly may need assistance from other family members in washing self or wear clothes due to Alzheimer’s disease. An Alzheimer’s disease patient who has other illness may need assistance in administering his or her daily medications.
Though having to live with a relative with Alzheimer’s disease is burdensome, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that there are some dedicated individuals who find fulfilment in helping families to take care of elderly relatives suffering from complete memory loss.