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Learn to See with Alzheimer’s Eyes

When you are living with someone who has Alzheimer’s, try to see the world from his or her perspective. Get to know the new person he or she has become. When you see the world from an Alzheimer’s perspective, you will need to rearrange furniture, get in sync with changing biorhythms and learn to preserve peace and dignity. Avoid confrontations and physical injury; quiet agitation and stimulate the patient to slow down the intellectual and emotional erosion. If you keep your expectations realistic and make an effort to see the positive, the loving side of Alzheimer’s, your stress levels will be lower and so will your loved one’s. Learn to live in the moment as the disease forces your loved one to do just that. Living in the moment is not such a bad thing. In life there are good moments and bad moments. If you are both experiencing a bad moment, the good news is that it will be momentary and can change. Here are some suggestions to help the caregiver cope:
Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer at Southampton College. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WHLI 1100AM in New York City , produces a weekly wellness newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit: www.turnonyourinnerlight.com

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