Alzheimer’s Caregivers Often Fear Contracting the Disease

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Often Fear Contracting the Disease
A wise man once said, "No one by worrying can add one inch to their height." Constantly worrying about acquiring an admittedly horrible disease may be useless, but it also is common practice for caregivers. Our intimate involvement in the daily processes of a disease, and seeing how it affects our loved ones affects us, too. We live in fear of contracting Alzheimer’s disease. A misplaced purse or set of keys, a forgotten birthday, and other similar things can send us reeling. “Is this a sign?" we'll ask ourselves. "Am I facing a similar fate as my parent?” There’s no way of knowing for certain, but it is easy to ruin today by worrying about tomorrow.

A better response

Inform your physician if your family has a history of Alzheimer’s disease. Make positive lifestyle changes to fend it off, such as eating a healthy diet and following an exercise regimen. Diet, exercise, and getting enough sleep at night may produce positive results in forestalling Alzheimer's, along with other healthy practices. Of course, there are no guarantees. But spending a nanosecond worrying about whether it will or won’t happen only robs today’s joy. A woman whose mother contracted breast cancer should be cognizant of the disease and her possible vulnerability to it. She should periodically perform self-exams, searching for a telltale lump. A mammogram certainly would be in her future. Likewise, a man who has lost his father to colon cancer would be sure to schedule a colonoscopy at the recommended intervals to stay on top of
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