As the symptoms of Alzheimer's progress, the person
becomes more emotionally fragile. During this early stage of the disease,
caregivers can promote the patient's sense of well being by providing emotional
support and by helping to maintain familiar activities and social contacts.
Eventually though, the diagnosis of Alzheimer's is forgotten and the ability to
be rational fades. Logical thinking can no longer be used to help alleviate
fear and confusion. As problems with memory and judgment increase, the patient
becomes more vulnerable to accidents and injuries. Problem behaviors develop
that place the person at increased risk of getting lost or getting
Caregivers must none communication skills and make changes to the home environment in anticipation of the problems of mid-stage Alzheimer's disease.
Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, though, people need help to remain at home.