OUR HEALTH ADVICE – Caring for a spouse or parent suffering from dementia can quickly turn into a nightmare. Do not hesitate to use all the existing devices to face this daily ordeal. Le Figaro make the point.
Repeating an instruction for the tenth time, responding to incoherent remarks, planning everything, securing everything, anticipating everything, preparing meals, being yelled at in passing, every day, at the cost of your freedom and your desires. The daily life of people helping a parent or spouse with Alzheimer’s disease is not easy. And that’s an understatement. The physical and psychological burden, which may seem manageable at the onset of the disease, quickly becomes extremely heavy. Caregivers and associations can testify to the helplessness of caregivers.
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The surveys also paint a very gloomy portrait of this function: health problems, physical pain, sleep disorders, anxiety, lack of time for oneself, exhaustion or even loneliness. With more than one million people with Alzheimer’s disease in France and more than 225,000 new cases diagnosed each year, everyone can one day become a helper.
Faced with health risks and the risk of cracking, you have to arm yourself. Here are seven tips to better face this daily ordeal.
1. Don’t hesitate to ask for help
Auxiliary care, day care, meals served at home, support for home care… Aid exists…