Alzheimer’s disease – tips for a normal life

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Alzheimer’s disease is a slow and progressive brain condition which is characterized by memory impairment and is accompanied by impaired judgment, difficulty planning, language and perception.

Many scientists believe that Alzheimer’s disease is the result of increased production or accumulation of a specific protein (beta-amyloid) in the brain; this accumulation leads to nerve cell death.

The likelihood of having Alzheimer’s disease increases significantly after the age of 70 years and may affect around 50% of people aged over 85 years. However, this disease is not a normal part of aging and should not be something that inevitably happens with aging time.


1. Overview
2. Symptoms
3. Overcome memory problems
4. Planning a normal day
5. How can you avoid getting lost
6. Easier communication
7. How can you take care of yourself inside the house
8. Honoring responsibilities


Onset Alzheimer’s disease is slow and progressive. Memory problems considered normal part of aging, are the first signs of the disease. When a person constantly accuses memory problems and other disorders of thinking, the family should suspect more than normal aging.

Memory problems, especially short-term memory are common in the early phase of the condition. A patient may forget the iron in socket or can’t remember what medications he took in the morning.

In the early disease may appear light changes of personality, such as decreased spontaneity, apathy and a tendency to exclude social interactions. As the disease progresses, it may also be encountered problems in abstract thinking as well as other functions of the intellect.

Patient can hardly understand what he reads or is hard for him to organize his daily work. Other disorders of behavior and appearance changes can be observed with agitation, irritability and quarrelsomeness.

Later, as the disease progresses, individuals may become confused or disoriented in time and space, may be unable to describe exactly where they live or appoint a visited place. Finally, patients can not engage in a conversation, have an unstable state of mind, not cooperative and may lose bladder and bowel control.

In late stages of the disease people may become totally incapable to look after oneself. Death can occur as a result of pneumonia or other problems that may accompany impaired health status.

Living with Alzheimer’s disease is a challenge for anyone. Here are some tips and things you can do to improve the situation and for things to return to normal part.

Overcome memory problems

To overcome memory problems you can:

- Always keep a notebook handy to record important information, phone numbers, names, ideas you have, addresses and landmarks related to your home

- Place various notes all over the house when you want to remember things

- Write labels that rate the content of cabinets and drawers in the house

- Print a sheet with important phone numbers with large characters and place the sheet next to phone

- Ask a friend or family member about the important things you need to do every day, such as meals or medicines you should take, about appointments

- Use a calendar to keep track of important events

- Use photos of people on which you should write their name

- Keep telephone messages by using an answering machine.

Planning a normal day

- Try to find the things that you enjoy and that you could safely make on your own

- Postpone important tasks for the days when you feel better

- Find your time to do the necessary things, do not rush and do not allow those around to hasten you

- If a task is too difficult, take a break

- Ask for help if you need it.

How can you avoid getting lost

- Ask someone to accompany you when you go out

- Ask for help if you need it and explain to those who help you that you suffer from memory problems

- Always take your landmarks, no matter where you go.

Easier communication

- Take your time, try to communicate slowly without precipitate

- If you want, you can ask the person you are talking to repeat what he says, if you do not understand or did not hear

- Avoid distractions noises and try to find a quiet place to talk with the person you want to talk

How can you take care of yourself inside the house

It is best to make sure that you take the necessary measures for the safety of your home. Thus, you should:

- Seek different specialized organizations that can provide help for shopping, housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation

- Provide a reliable neighbor set of house keys in case of emergency

- Ask for help from a friend or family member to help you organize your closets and drawers to make it easier to find things

- Asked a family member to verify the functionality of home utilities such as electronics, water supply, fire alarm

- Keep a list of important emergency numbers near the phone

- Friends and family should call or visit you daily to make sure everything is OK

Honoring responsibilities

- Inform your bank if you have difficulty in tracking accounts and record keeping. They may offer special services for people with Alzheimer’s.

- Choose the pension or other benefits to be recorded in direct deposits that can be easily controlled and accessed.

It is important to realize that at some point, might become difficult or dangerous to live alone. However, most often in the early stages of the disease many people succeed to organize on their own or with the support and help of friends, family and community programs, and with the help of simple changes in lifestyle.



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