Rotary Club of St. Maarten focuses on caring for Alzheimers

POSTED: 08/19/11 12:18 PM

When a person with dementia finds that their mental abilities are declining, they often feel vulnerable and in need of reassurance and support. The people closest to them – including their carers, friends and family – need to do everything they can to help the person to retain their sense of identity and feelings of self-worth.
Everyday Care: If you are caring for someone with dementia, it’s important to help them remain as fit and healthy as possible – both physically and mentally. The better they feel, the more they can enjoy life, making life more pleasurable for both of you.
The way we dress says a lot about who we are. But as dementia progresses people increasingly need more help with dressing. As a carer, if you help the person with dementia to retain their own individual style, you can help them to preserve their identity.
For most adults, washing is a personal and private activity. When you are helping someone with dementia to wash it’s important to be sensitive and tactful, and to respect their dignity.
Dementia can greatly affect a person’s relationship to food and eating. It is important to do what you can to make sure that the person you are caring for enjoys their food and eats a healthy, balanced diet.
On www.alzheimer.org more information can be found about many aspects of caring for a person with dementia. A useful starting point may be the factsheet, Understanding and respecting the person with dementia. All topics of daily care which include health, dressing, washing and eating are available on this website as well.
In our following publication we will cover the topic of relationships and unusual behavior.
For more information please contact the St. Maarten Alzheimer’s Foundation on HOTLINE 9220 or alzheimersxm@gmail.com. To support the campaign please contact any member of the Rotary Club of St. Maarten or rotaryalzheimerscampaignsxm@gmail.com. T-shirts will be on sale at Le Grand Marche Bush Road and Union Road on September 3.

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