• Alzheimer’s disease is an illness of the brain. It causes large numbers of nerve cells in the brain to die. This affects a person’s ability to remember things, think clearly, and use good judgment. Doctor’s don’t know what causes the disease.
• If you or someone in your family thinks that you are becoming forgetful and start having memory problems, you need to see a doctor to be tested for the Alzheimer’s disease with a variety of tests.
Coping as a caregiver:
If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be exhausting and overwhelming. Each day can bring new challenges and you can be left feeling emotionally drained. Be sure to take care of yourself, but also know that there are resources to help you. Support groups are here to help, contact the Alzheimer’s Association, and home health care agencies for resources. They are all there to help support you in this new journey.
Information cited from the National Institute on Aging.