Resources For Caregivers
In the early stages of Alzheimer's, most people function on their own. They may still drive, take part in social activities, volunteer and even work. A caregiver's main focus is to provide support, and help plan for the future. Most importantly, depending on other socioeconomic factors and comorbidities*, symptoms and access to resources usually vary.
The middle stages of Alzheimer's are typically the longest and can last for many years. Depending on the previously stated socioeconomic factors and comorbidities*, symptoms may progress differently and may not be recognizable as a symptom of Alzheimer's. As dementia progresses, the person with Alzheimer's will require a greater level of care. During this time, it's important to get the support you need as a caregiver.
The late stage of Alzheimer's disease usually requires intensive care. Depending on the previously stated socioeconomic factors and comorbidities*, one may be highly or minimally responsive. As caregiver, your role should focus on preserving the quality of life and dignity your culture expects.
* = Defined Terms
Comorbidities describes other illnesses interacting with Alzheimer's Disease and the effect they may have on the symptoms in an individual with Alzheimer's Disease.