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Within the world of caregiving there are many relationship dynamics – adult children caring for their elderly parents; parents caring for special needs children; a spouse caring for their partner, and many others.
The circumstances of each caregiving experience come with different challenges, responsibilities, and rewards. The role of being a caregiver to one’s spouse can be particularly trying, especially if it comes well before the golden years.
Karen Garner is a 42-year old mother of an 8-year-old and an 11-year-old. She also juggles a full-time job and providing dementia home care for her 50-year-old husband who has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease strikes people before the age of 65. It is very uncommon when it strikes someone before their 50s. Karen’s husband, Jim, had symptoms of the disease for at least two to four years prior to his diagnosis. Early-onset Alzheimer’s appears to be genetic; Jim’s mother and brother both had Alzheimer’s disease.
“I feel really bad for Jim,” Karen said. “I hate to see such a nice person go through this and to have my kids go through this.”
Karen says she is very concerned about whether or not her own children will inherit the disease.
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For Debera Roller, protecting people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is about continual redirection. When they become upset about something, she redirects them to a more positive thought.
“We just redirect those negative thoughts to something else, like: ‘Look outside, the sun is shining,’” Roller said. “Although, I never tell my clients they have to do anything, I only make gentle suggestions.”
“They can sit down and do something very complicated, like doing the checkbook, but they can’t remember they haven’t taken their medications or they haven’t tied their shoes,” she said. “It’s very frustrating. They’ll go into a room and forget why they went in there and they’ll yell for help. You know how you sometimes open the refrigerator and stand there? After a few seconds it clicks in and we remember what we were hungry for. Sometimes they don’t even remember that their hungry let alone what they like to eat.”
To help with this constant lapse of short-term memory, caregivers trained in specialized dementia care know to make liberal use of sticky notes. The More >
You would think it’s something out of a science fiction movie, electronically jolting ones brain with electricity in hopes to reduce memory loss due to the Alzheimer’s disease. For this process, holes are drilled into certain parts of the skull so that wire plantation can be admitted. Because of the lack of improvement for Alzheimer’s patients due to drugs scientists have encountered new treatments as such implants for aiding in Alzheimer reduction. This is a new research with only a few dozen patients involved, no one knows the outcome or how long it will last but patients such as Kathy Sanford, the first to sign up, are optimistic. The Ohio woman with early stage Alzheimer’s was steadily getting worse, while living independently with mild symptoms yet unable to work, Kathy looked beyond usual medicine to aid in her fight with Alzheimer’s. Ohio State University doctors explained the process stating that constant electrical stimulation of brain circuits pertaining to memory and thinking keep neural networks active longer allowing bypass of potential dementia damage.
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