Dementia is a broad term used to describe many different types of brain disorders. Affecting an estimated 1.1 million Canadians directly or indirectly, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease is irreversible and is not a normal part of the aging process. Symptoms of this progressive disease usually develops slowly at first, worsening over time.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s may include:
- Memory loss
- Diminished communication and language skills
- Inability to focus or pay attention
- Impaired reasoning and judgment
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Difficulties performing one’s daily activities
Caring for your loved one
When a loved one becomes confused and increasingly forgetful family members find this very stressful. When your loved one seems unsafe without someone being there the whole family is affected.
An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be overwhelming for a family. Caring for a loved one with Alheimer’s can be a tremendous strain on the physical and emotional health of the caregiver. Although this disease has no cure, the right care can help manage the symptoms.
Focusing on the specialized needs of your loved one, our specially trained caregivers make it possible to keep someone with Alzheimer’s safe in their own home. We believe that allowing an Alzheimer’s patient to maintain their daily routine in a familiar environment will allow for a better quality of life. Our in-home care services for Alzheimer’s patients can make this possible.
Call us today if you need help caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.
Below is a poem about Alzheimer’s.
What do you see Nurses, What do you see?
What are you thinking when you look at me?
A crabby old woman, not very wise,
Uncertain of habit with far away eyes.
Who dribbles her food and makes no reply,
Who when you say in a loud voice, I do wish you’d try,
Who seems not to notice the things that you do
And is forever losing a stocking or shoe.
Who is unresisting or not, lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding the day long to fill
Is that what you were thinking, is that what you see?
Then open your eyes nurse, you’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am as I sit here so still
As I do your bidding, as I eat at your will.
I’m a small Child of ten, with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters who love one another
A young girl of sixteen with wings on her feet,
Dreaming that soon a lover she’ll meet.
A bride now twenty, my heart gives a leap,
Remembering the vows I promised to keep,
At twenty-five now, I have young of my own,
Who need me to build a secure happy home.
A woman off thirty, my young grow fast
Bound to each other with ties that should last.
At forty my young ones have grown and have gone,
But my man’s beside me to see I don’t moan
At fifty once more babies play around my knee
Again we know children, my loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me, my husband is dead,
I look at the future, I shudder with dread,
For my young are all rearing young of their own
I think of the years and the love that I’ve known
I’m an old woman now, and nature is cruel
‘Tis her jest to make old age look like a fool.
The body it crumples, grace and vigour depart;
There is now a stone where once I had a heart.
But inside this carcass, a young girl still dwells
And now and again my battered heart swells
I remember the joys, I remember the pains
I’m loving and living, life over again.
I think of the years all too few-gone too fast
And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.
So open your eyes nurse, open and see,
Not a crabby old woman. Look closer, see ME.
Author – Anonymous Dementia Patient
I posted this poem in one of my articles in the West Island Times and had so many requests for it and calls to discuss it.
It clearly helps us understand the sadness involved in having this disease and dealing with a loved one who has it. As the caregiver it is often so devastating and sad when our loved one progresses to the point when they do not know you. It is often frustrating and exhausting especially if you don’t get a break. Our caregivers are kind, caring and skilled at knowing how to deal with the changing behaviors related to Dementia.
Let us help you help yourself and other family members to get some rest so that you can be there.
Often allowing someone else to be there for as little as 2-3 hours two to three days/week can make a huge difference in your ability to cope so that you can enjoy the remaining time with your loved one.