Christmas is in the air. This is a time of year for friends and family to gather together to eat, drink and be merry. While most of us enjoy the season, those with Alzheimer’s disease may find the excitement of the holidays confusing and frustrating.
Here are a few tips that may help make the Yuletide a smoother experience for those who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s and for the people around them.
Tips for a Happier Holiday
⦁ In spite of seasonal visits, try to disturb the Alzheimer patient’s routine as little as possible.
⦁ Planning ahead helps to foresee possible hick-ups.
⦁ As a care-giver, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
⦁ Consider attending an Alzheimer’s Association support group.
⦁ Prepare the person with Alzheimer’s for the events of the holidays well ahead of time.
⦁ Make sure friends and family get an update on the person’s present condition.
⦁ If necessary, remind family and friends how to communnicate with the patient. (For example: Be patient. Never argue. Speak slowly and clearly. Address them by name. Avoid saying, “Don’t you remember?”)
⦁ Suggest familiar activities for young family members to engage in with the patient.
⦁ Consier seating arrangements where the Alzheimer’s patient will be least distracted and able to focus.
⦁ Remember not to serve alcohol which doesn’t mix with medications.
⦁ Limit access to places injuries could occur such as stairs or the kitchen.
⦁ By placing contrasting colour rugs in front of doors and steps, it helps the person to see changes.
⦁ Keep emergency phone numbers and a list of medications handy.
⦁ Never leave the person alone. [the_ad id=”2326″]
Christmas Gift Ideas:
⦁ An identification bracelet (available through Medic Alert and alzheimer’s Association Safe Return)
⦁ Easy-to-remove clothing
⦁ Audiotapes of favourite music
⦁ Photo Albums
Sources of Support:
Families can call the Alzheimer’s Association at 727-578-2558 or the 24-hour Helpline at 1-800-772-8672 to answer questions about warning signs and to assist persons with dementia and caregivers. The Helpline will be open all Christmas day and News Year day, as well as year round.
Piracetam as a Treatment for Alzheimer’s
Piracetam is the original, mildest and most popular Racetam. Being the most studied also makes it the safest choice. For sensitive users and beginners, Piracetam provides the opportunity to dip their toe into the shallow end of the Racetam pool to test the waters.
12 Benefits of Piracetam
⦁ Speeds recovery for patients of stroke, head trauma, dementia and schizophrenia
⦁ Prevents neurodegeneration in bypass patients
⦁ Helps prevent neurodegeneration by impeding loss of neurons in the hippocampus of those going through alcohol withdrawal.
⦁ Increases short term memory of the elderly after only 14 days of treatment
⦁ Reduces depression in patients with restricted blood flow to the brain. Reduces paranoia and agitation in those with mental disorders.
⦁ Has a protective effect on glutamatergic receptors in the hippocampus of schizophrenics
⦁ Increases verbal learning and organizes brain function in those with dyslexia.
⦁ Reduces pain as an anti-inflammatory and lowers cytokine production
⦁ Protects against hearing loss: 65% of soldiers who were exposed to ear-damaging gunfire (acute acoustic trauma) were able to preserve their hearing.
⦁ Patients suffering from (myoclonus) epilepsy show significant improvements in the 1st, 6th and 12th month of use.
⦁ Decreases breath holding spells. For the purpose of breath holding spells in children aged 5-60 months, Piracetam was found to have no side-effects.
⦁ Prevents blood-clotting and inflammation as an antithrombotic
Piracetam can help those with dementia to have a merrier Christmas this year!