Hindsight may be 20/20 but, when it comes to being an Alzheimer’s caregiver, foresight is essentially non-existent. There are many things that seem obvious after you’ve gone through them with a loved one who has the disease, but that you’d never have considered, prior to experiencing them. What do most caregivers wish they’d known when they began their journey with their loved one? An illuminating AgingCare.com surveyoffers some insight:
“I wish I’d known… how to wave my magic wand and have family understand what’s happening to Mom.” how to place Dad in a home without them taking him to the cleaners.” how difficult taking care of an Alzheimer’s patient really is. Had I really known what I stood to lose, I never would’ve taken this on.”how to find the right doctor.”that I’d soon miss the days when Dad would tell the same story over and over again; now he can’t even talk.” that a loved one doesn’t have to be put in a nursing home if
they don’t want to be.” how to keep him healthy and engaged as his mobility and memory declines.”how hard it really is to be a caregiver.
What 24/7 really meant. How to deal with the day-to-day craziness.”
what’s the best medicine to help them sleep through the night.” how to ease their anxiety and frustration.” when it’s time to move them into a facility, and how to get them to go if they don’t want to.”that I’d have to eventually accept that, no matter how active and alert and precise Mom used to be, this is her now. ” how to get him to take a shower.”
what to expect as Alzheimer’s progresses.”
how to get help.”how long this will last.”Some of these questions have answers; some don’t. Some answers are
simple; others are complex. Even the world’s leading experts in Alzheimer’s don’t know everything there is to know about the disease. In fact, very little is certain when it comes to the ailment’s causes and underlying pathology