Coping with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Disease is a terrible malady that affects not only the diagnosed individual, but their entire family. Watching one’s mom or dad, grandma or grandpa slowly succumb to the memory-wiping illness can create a heavy emotional burden. These are a few things you can do to find strength during this difficult time.

Join a Support Group

It’s important to create a safety net of people who can help support you throughout the disease. These are people who have been, or are going through, the same process as your family and can relate to you in a way others may be unable to. Nearly every community has an Alzheimer’s support group. Find a Washington support group near you by following this link.

Read Books on the Subject

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a huge selection of books that cover the disease from a wide-range of perspectives. Interested readers can find material on the history of Alzheimer’s disease in the medical community, children’s books to help them better understand what is happening, stories from others who have experienced the same thing, and more. Reading can give you a better understanding of the disease and how others have grappled with it in their past.

Engage with Your Diagnosed Loved One

Spending time with your family member is valuable for the both of you. While there are some things they may be unable to do anymore, there are still plenty of activities you can do with them to help them feel valuable and connected. Even simple tasks like folding laundry or cooking dinner together helps reduce their boredom and allows you to spend more time with them.

Dealing with Alzheimer’s is never easy, but committing yourself to some of the steps above can help. For more methods and support, visit the VisitingAngels resource page.