In the beginning, you make sure your person isn't confused. You use reminders like, "I'll meet you here in five minutes, okay?"
Later, memory joggers are replaced with surveillance. You keep watch so your person stays with you in a crowded place, or doesn't eat something inedible at home.
Duties grow so slowly, that the increase in care can go unnoticed until eventually, each day is spent watching or assisting the patient. You become a constant caregiver without planning on it, maybe without even realizing it.
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A study reported by the Mayo Clinic, showed positive effects for the families of caregivers.
The study found adolescents in families that lived with a caregiver of an Alzheimer's patient:
Alzheimer's will touch the lives of everyone. Please share your information, get frustrations off your chest, and take a break. It will make you happier in your unexpected role as an Alzheimer's disease caregiver.
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