Christian Connolly 6/12/15 (C2)
What a patient should/shouldn't do
The Cortex shrivels up damaging areas of the brain that specialize in thinking, planning and remembering. This results in major brain cell loss which makes people forget things from their identity and family to what they were doing a couple of minutes ago.
Alzheimers is a progressive mental disease that destroys memory, leaving the patient confused and paranoid. Most patients will forget the simplest things such as a child or spouse. This frustrates the impatient caretaker, which is why a professional caretaker is suggested.
An assisted living home or a nursing home is better for the patient, as everyday objects can be hazardous to a person with Alzheimers. Also, personal caregivers that travels to the patients house daily is another suggested option, because changing the lifestyle/home of the patient could make the situation worse. This could make them worried, more confused or agitated.
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