Caring for a loved one or parent who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is never an easy thing to handle. You probably have many questions and feelings of frustration, sadness, and worry, just to name a few. PMI understands how difficult it can be, so here are a few tips to make caring for your parent a little easier:
Start treatment early and stick to it
Starting a treatment plan early on in the progression of the disease is key. You might find the need to try different types of medications over time, so it’s better to begin as soon as possible. If medication is prescribed, it’s also important to stick with the proper dosages.
Prioritize physical activity
According to research, exercise helps our brains to function, so keeping up with different types of physical activities is very important. Going for a walk together is a great way to stay active and mobile. Depending on weather and health aids, swimming and other exercises can be effective.
Use complementary therapies
Since there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s yet, it’s a good idea to be aware of the types of therapies and medicine available. Massages, acupuncture, good nutrition, and music therapy have shown some signs in alleviating body pain and anxiety flares.
Stay in a familiar environment
Whether your parent is in the house they’ve been in for years, or in an assisted living facility, it’s important to make their space feel like home. Being surrounded by familiar people, pets, and belongings can bring a sense of comfort, especially on bad days.
The PMI Research Centers are currently enrolling subjects with Alzheimer’s Disease into research studies. We are seeking men and women between the ages of 50 – 85 who are diagnosed or believed to be suffering from Alzheimer’s related symptoms. If you think you might be eligible, you can fill out this form and learn more.