I have many friends who are in the same boat and we have found that simple tools can help the person who is having troubles with their memory. This clock is one of those tools. It has a nice look to it and will help the person see what day it is, what time and whether it's morning or evening. A quick look and you are already one step ahead. It may not seem like much to you and me, but the person who is having difficulty remembering will find this tool useful. No more answering the same question over and over again. What day is it? What time is it? etc.etc.etc.
These two tools will make life a little easier for the caregiver. The clock is #1 and the white board for me is a great #2. They are not cures, unfortunately there isn't one, but they are solid reminders for the mind that has trouble focusing from one minute to the next.
Caregivers need as much help as possible when walking down this road with their loved ones. In some places there are even social clubs where Alzheimer's patients can be taken and they can enjoy an afternoon with others. These are supervised short term respites that caregivers need to recoup and get themselves back on track.
In the United States you can find a local chapter of the Alzheimer's Society, where they offer advice, programs and support. Anyone who is looking after a loved one with Alzheimer's needs all the support they can get! Check it out at Find your Local Chapter.
In Canada there are also support groups and you can find them online or click on this link: https://www.alz.org/ca/dementia-alzheimers-canada.asp
Alzheimer's is a disease that slowly (or sometimes quickly) changes the ways we deal with our families as they age. It is frustrating, upsetting, life altering (for everyone), and nothing makes sense anymore. There is help to deal with this disease and the first part is knowledge and then tools to help you along the way. The links I've included above have great reading material to help those who haven't yet been touched by this disease, understand it a little better.
Caring for our loved ones as they age is a beautiful responsibility, but, with Dementia and Alzheimer's, there are extra burdens. Help yourself and your loved ones by being informed and having the tools around to help you, help them.
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