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INTRODUCTIONManaging a disease at home is extremely important to the sick person’s well-being. After all, care does not stop even after he or she is discharged from the hospital and away from thewatchful eyes of doctors and nurses. Whether home management of a disease or condition entailsgiving prescribed medication at the proper time and dose or involves more advanced proceduressuch as irrigating and dressing a surgical wound, it plays a big role in the sick person’s recovery.
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Alzheimer’s disease is managed at home most of the time. People with Alzheimer’sdisease are rarely taken to see the doctor for the disease itself; most often they need a doctor’sattention for other conditions that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease such as malnutritionand respiratory problems.
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There is no cure for it as of yet, so management of the diseaseinvolves supportive care. This means that the person with Alzheimer’s disease is prescribedmedications to make him more comfortable and independent.
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Supportive care also involves providing a safe environment for the Alzheimer’s patient, keeping him oriented to hissurroundings and providing a routine that he can follow consistently. Caring for a person withAlzheimer’s at home is important because the goal is to give him comfort and prevent anyaccidents that may happen as a result of his dementia.TAKING CARE OF KIDS AT HOME AS AN ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTPeople who develop Alzheimer’s disease are usually 65 years old or older, so if they dohave children they would be grown up by then. But there is a form of the disease called early-onset Alzheimer’s. Five to ten percent of Alzheimer’s patients develop it at an earlier age, with people starting to show symptoms of the disease as early as age 20.
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Raising kids in general, even when the parents are healthy, is a difficult task as it involvesa lot of time and effort; thus raising them while coping with Alzheimer’s disease presents severalchallenges. These challenges may include how the Alzheimer’s patient will ensure his personalsafety as well as the safety of his children; how to explain to them that they may develop thedisease later in life; and how to cope with the mental and emotional stress brought about bychanges in the way the family works once symptoms of the disease begin to show.Though there are no set rules on how parents should raise their children, experts on thefield agree on some broad principles, namely: preparation for the parenting role, prediction of how negative things happen in the parent-child relationship and avoiding them, planning and practicing positive interactions, and learning to thank, appreciate, and praise children.
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When a person who has Alzheimer’s disease has to raise children the above principlesstill apply. But studies have shown that the children of people who have Alzheimer’s diseasetend to be sad, afraid, angry, and resentful; not necessarily toward the parent with Alzheimer’sdisease but to their current situation in general. They feel sad for themselves and the parent withAlzheimer’s disease, they fear the embarrassment that a parent with Alzheimer’s disease may bring, they are angry that they must adjust to things that most of their friends and peers do notexperience, and they are resentful because they cannot do certain things (like invite people over and have house-parties) because of a family member with Alzheimer’s disease.
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Therefore the parent with Alzheimer’s disease on the early stages must make steps to address these issues,ensure that the children have a strong emotional support system, and must show patience andunderstanding toward them and what they are going through.
 
THINGS YOU CAN DO AT HOME TO TREAT ALZHEIMER'S
Reading
A person with Alzheimer’s disease retains reading skills and often performs better inreading tests than other people who have suffers from a different cognitive problem, such as people who have had strokes.
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 Reading serves as a means for both education and entertainment. For a person withAlzheimer’s disease both functions of reading are vital.
 Reading for Education
An Alzheimer’s patient, if diagnosed early, has the benefit of time before the more severeand debilitating symptoms of the disease are felt. Some of this time should be used to learningabout the disease and what steps to make in preparation of the disease. Often, people read aboutthe disease after they have been diagnosed with it to understand the symptoms that they arecurrently going through and to quell any fears they may have. Learning what to expect and howto prepare for them, knowing what things to ask the doctor, and anticipating future needs givesthe Alzheimer’s patient more peace of mind.It is important to note, though, that the support system; the friends and family of the person with the disease, must also read and be educated about it. Even the younger members of the family must be given some information so as not to shock or surprise them when the moresevere symptoms of the disease begin to show.

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