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Working to keep Alzheimer's patients independent

Posted by RHHAdmin on Jul 19, 2012 7:40:00 AM

Although Alzheimer's can be a devastating diagnosis, it does not mean that seniors will have to give up their independence. Alzheimer's care has been evolving over the past few years, and home health care workers can help patients remain in their own homes.

According to research out of the University of Alberta, family members of those with Alzheimer's may be unintentionally underestimating their abilities. The researchers suggested that while caregivers may have the best intentions, they may have been sheltering the Alzheimer's patient, taking away their independence before it needed to happen.

"The caregivers who believed that people with Alzheimer's disease in general are more likely to be at risk for injury and are more accepting of help were more likely to be dependence supportive than independence supportive," said Tiana Rust. "This suggests that caregivers are basing their behaviors partially on their beliefs rather than basing their behaviors on the actual needs and the actual abilities of the people that they're interacting with."

Rust continued that caregivers of Alzheimer's patients should be trained on what they can expect from a patient.

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Topics: Dementia, Aging In Place, Health News