Posted by: Bert Copple | October 18, 2010

National Survey Reveals the Top Concerns of Alzheimer’s Caregivers

The Harris Interactive Survey was carried out last month on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), Eisai Inc., and Pfizer, and it revealed that the caregivers of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are most worried about the patient’s safety, their loss of memory, and the confusion that can take place.

The survey involved 524 participants consisting of non-professional caregivers. Eric J Hall, the president/CEO of AFA, had this to say:

“These survey results reveal the changes in cognition as the disease progresses were an important concern among caregivers. We encourage caregivers and health care professionals to discuss these changes and any others during regular visits.”

The survey revealed that approximately three-quarters of caregivers are either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the therapy provided by health care professionals for their loved one. The rest of respondents who rated this as either “not at all satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” reveal a need for improvement, the survey authors wrote.

Barry W. Rovner, M.D., director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and professor in the departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, said:

“AD (Alzheimer’s disease) caregivers are typically the first to notice when their loved one’s symptoms are becoming worse and whether the disease may be progressing to the next stage, which is why caregivers are essential partners in disease management discussions. In the face of this devastating chronic and progressive disease, it is important for AD caregivers to know about the available educational resources, support networks and treatments in order to enhance these discussions at all stages of the disease.”

Caregivers and loved ones of people with Alzheimer’s disease are most definitely the best at spotting the signs of worsening Alzheimer’s, as I said in a previous post. Sometimes people are in need of that extra help, when they can no longer find time to relax or reduce stress of their busy lives. Home Instead Senior Care will work in conjunction with you and your loved one in order to combat and monitor the progress of your loved one’s Alzheimer’s or dementia. Our CAREGivers are top of the line, highly trained individuals specifically chosen for mom or dad, or whomever it may be that requires any kind of assistance.

 

Home Instead Senior Care will provide outstanding caregivers to help your loved one with personal care, incidental travel, companionship, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and even meal preparation. To learn more, call 248-203-2273 or visit www.homeinstead.com. Home Instead Senior Care is the world’s trusted source of in-home non-commercial personal care and companionship for seniors. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. And remember, to us, it’s personal.

SOURCE: Medical News Today

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