The Importance Of Alzheimer's Disease

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For a family member who is going through Alzheimer’s disease with someone, choosing the right care for them is the one of the hardest things to do. I believe that with a disease such as Alzheimers, it should be left to professional care rather than a family member. The life we built with our loved one, may at some point deteriorate to the point where they no longer recognize or remember all the times you’ve spent together.
According to Alzheimers.net, in the United States 1 in 9 Americans over the age of 65 are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. This may seem like a small number to only affect 1 in 9, but in reality there are 5.3 Americans living with this disease. A disease like this that is progressive and with no cure at the moment leaves
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Hearing a personal experience may be what makes a person choose whether to hire professional care or to choose to care for their loved one themselves. A woman named Edi cares for her mother who had Alzheimer’s disease for seven years until her death. It was only after her mother passed did she realize the toll it too to her own health, her families, and their financial situation (Owen-Simpson, 2006). She struggled for years just caring for her mother day to day. In her book she explains her pain, fear, and denial she had for years caring for her …show more content…
Its characterized as a slow deterioration of the mental processes and through it all is where your loved ones abilities and behavior changes (Hepburn, 2016). In the early stage of the disease, it’s definitely a lot less costly and time consuming but as the years go on and the stages progress, it becomes almost a full time job caring for someone with the disease. One person caring for a patient can be very difficult and to choose the alternative option of a professional caregiver may be the best choice.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating and stressful. A caregiver is the one who is supposed to manage and monitor a person with Alzheimer’s disease. A caregiver will devote a substantial amount of time caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease (Grossberg, 2002). Having around the clock care and more than one person caring for your loved one, may cost more but the peace of mind that your loved one is being cared for the best way possible is what everyone

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