Alzheimer's is a creep. Because of this, cousins often do not notice, as the two women say from their own experience.from
Hannelore I. says that she did many things wrong when she had a deal with her husband. She criticized him, corrected him, talked a lot. Now, in mind, she's sorry for her. The 67-year-old has long had no idea what lies behind her husband's changed behavior. He was sick. About 5,000 people suffer from this disease in Augsburg – and indirectly by their cousins and friends.
Augsburg Alzheimer's Society gives advice
At one point, Hannelore asked a family doctor if she noticed that her husband had problems with naming things. Yes, that was the doctor's answer. In one of the investigations, an elderly woman's males suffered from Alzheimer's disease. It is important that the disease is recognized as soon as possible. Jens Schneider knows that. He is also the founder of the Alzheimer's Augsburg Society, who recently celebrated his tenth anniversary. Early diagnosis helps the patient, since the course of the disease can be affected by appropriate therapies and drugs, Schneider says.
But this is also important for relatives, so they can adapt to the disease and respond properly. Above all, they are hardly disputed. "The caretaker has a patient for about 24 hours. He has to learn how to enter the world of the sick person and does not want to get him out. "Because it does not work, but it makes it unsafe," says Schneider. Hannelore I sometimes find it difficult.
The man she has been married for 50 years now is quite another person. "Apart from playing cards, he has nothing more to do, he voluntarily does not take any action, he just sits." Conversations with him are no longer possible. "I need a lot of patience, sometimes I get out of the room because I do not want to say anything bad," says the older woman, especially for her relatives, the Alzheimer association Augsburg is an important contact.
The association provides assistance opportunities
With 20 volunteers, the association advises victims, provides them with relief facilities, organizes informative meetings or free activities. In addition, he offers Alzheimer's phone, a phone for advice seekers. There one day Claudia E. * reported. The 71-year-old woman Augsburg did not register for long since her husband Peter changed. It was only when her grown-up children, who had seen her parents incorrectly, were aware that something was wrong with their dad.
"Typically, those who live with a patient do not recognize the disease," Schneider says. Alzheimer's got it. Five years ago, Peter E. has a disease. He does not have so much energy and has become more silent, he says older than himself. Asked how he works, he answers: "I'm fine, I'm fine." But he knows that his perception differs from his wife. "I feel as clever as before. I do not understand I'm losing."
91-year-old with dementia
People with dementia have the quality of life ahead of us, emphasizes Jens Schneider. Negative factors would rather add to the environment. "Neighbor and friends, for example, who are turning or losing patience, is unfortunately often a case in everyday life." If a person stands in the cashier's supermarket and is looking for money in the wallet, people are already impatient. "Two years ago, the case caused a sensation when a supermarket reported 91-year-old theft. A bad woman forgot to pay for all the goods.
Schneider briefly says, "The issue of dementia has long since come into society, but not a person with dementia." People should think more about having someone with Alzheimer's disease, concludes Claudia E. Believes that too few people are facing this disease because most patients are taken care of at home. The 71-year-old wants to change it and take care of her husband for day-care. Jens Schneider also recommends this step Hannelore I. "It is important that a family caretaker thinks of himself or else, at some point, the work system crashes together." (* Name changed)