Mundane Errands Become Worthwhile Adventures With Alzheimer’s Disease

Mundane Errands Become Worthwhile Adventures With Alzheimer’s Disease
Getting out and about is one of the challenges caregivers face with their loved ones. Isolation is a close, but unwelcome friend for both caregivers and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. In the disease's early stages, people may not experience a significant change in behavior, and peers probably won’t recognize any difference in demeanor. In terms of going here and there, it's likely very little has changed. But as time progresses, running errands becomes difficult. Not only is it harder to get to where you want to go, but also to where you need to go. Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease, along with other duties, includes short jaunts for errands. Safety concerns prevent carers from leaving loved ones unattended, so the only alternative may be to bring them along. For someone in the early stages of the disease, the process is fairly easy. Simple instructions are more easily understood, and the person being cared for hasn’t lost the ability to accomplish tasks by themselves. They usually don’t need assistance in the bathroom and are able to socially interact. Increased conflict Conflicts associated with ferrying loved ones on errands increase as the disease takes hold. The thought process that goes into even short outings is astounding, reminiscent of early parenthood. Caregivers think ahead, instinctively planning for worst-case scenarios that could manifest while they’re out. Scheduling strategically, days can’t be too full, but the more proverbial birds killed in a day, the better. Mundane errands, like running to the grocery store, picking up meds at the pharmacy, or shopping for shoes are easily taken for granted in good health. But even climbing in and out of a car can be problematic for someone with dementia and the
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