Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and, sadly, is increasing in its impact on the UK, with an estimated 40,000 people under the age of 65 diagnosed with some form of it. Whether you are a neighbour, a loved one, family, friend or care worker to a family living with the hard realities of Alzheimer’s disease, here just a few ways you can help.Learn About Alzheimer’s
For most people, all they know of the disease is what they’ve seen in films and television or hearsay, and, of course, knowledge is power. Educating yourself on the symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease is the first step to help.Reaching Out
Alzheimer’s can cause a great amount of isolation, both for the person with Alzheimer’s and the family, as it is often safer to stay inside than going out, and lots of people will feel there is no one who understands what they are going through. Calling or paying a visit can really show you care.Physical Support
Similarly, to reaching out, providing actual support, whether that’s going to fetch groceries or contributing to chores and errands, can be incredibly helpful.Entertainment and Company
For many families living with Alzheimer’s lots of things have to change, but it’s important to remember to try to see people for their personality and not their limits, so using humour and company can help people still feel like themselves.Try Activities
Everyone is different and so are their capabilities but it’s important to try new things. After all, Alzheimer’s is a condition that affects memory and the brain, but there is plenty still to enjoy and ways to stimulate the brain. Walks, exercise and activities are a great help.Staying Flexible and Patient
Alzheimer’s is unpredictable so remaining flexible and patient and not being too fussed when plans change at a moment’s notice is key when helping a family living with Alzheimer’s.Offer Care
If you know enough about Alzheimer’s and how it affects a specific person, you might be able to help families by providing care and allowing the primary carers time for themselves, to relax or go treat themselves. It also provides a pleasant change for the person with Alzheimer’s.Assessing Safety
Safety is a large concern for families living with Alzheimer’s but, of course, having a lot on makes it difficult to stay on top of! Looking out for hazards such as trip hazards, electric items or objects and ensuring maximum health and safety is incredibly helpful.Memory Lane
For some people living with Alzheimer’s they still have access to some memories, bringing light into their life. Lots of carers and friends use sights, sounds and smells to help those living with Alzheimer’s to occasionally trigger memories and remember positive pastimes, so spending time doing this is a real treat and help. As a good example, listening to music is very beneficial, opening the doors to the memory again and, if combined with some gentle exercise, the effects can last for several hours.Support A Cause
For lots of people, they feel helpless when they can only do so much. Supporting a cause, whether through a donation or through volunteering is a great way to help raise awareness and the standards of living for those living with Alzheimer’s.
If you’re looking for a great cause to support, please consider Hob Angel, an innovative product which helps switch a hob off automatically in order to keep people living with Alzheimer’s safe and restore a level of independence which we know many people with Alzheimer’s miss.
The more we develop the home safety market for dementia patients, the more independent people with dementia can be, which is why we need your help! Contribute to our crowdfunding campaign and bring the hob angel to the people who need it!