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Alzheimer Paper

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Imagine waking up every morning and not knowing where you are or how you got there. For people with dementia or Alzheimer’s this can quickly become a reality. Now imagine that you are the loved one, the caregiver of this person. It is your job to ease their fears, care for them, keep them safe, comfort them, make sure they take their medicine, make sure they eat properly, all the day to day stuff that needs to be done. In the United States, it is estimated that over 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s. It is also estimated that 15.4 million people in the United States are caregivers to someone suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. These numbers, according to Alz.org, are just an insight to how this disease can affect the patient and their loved ones. Most caregivers are spouses or children of the patient. This can lead to a huge role reversal and is not always a welcomed new role. Imagine being the one in the family that everyone looked to for warmth and comfort, answers to problems, help with day to day activities and then all the sudden this isn’t in your capabilities due to the disease. Now those that often looked to you are the ones that have to take care of you. As a spouse, the now care giver can feel resentment or disappointment. The one they have shared so much of their life with is not the same person anymore. They are not able to do the same things, take part in the house hold chores, and be a true partner they once were. What if you are the child now taking on the parental role because your parent is suffering from Alzheimer’s and needs you as a caregiver. That same type of resentment and disappointment can lie in this new relationship as well. The day in the life of a caregiver is nonstop. You awaken to see if the “patient” is awake yet. You get breakfast going, set up the medicines for the day, tidy up. You may need to assist with bathroom needs, grooming needs; you may need to find ways to occupy...