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How to Alleviate Depression in Alzheimer’s Patients

People with Alzheimer’s are likely to experience depression. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s just knowing about disease progression at a time when patients are still quite cognitive is depressing. Then later on as different areas of the brain shrink, depression can set in as part of this chain reaction. When an Alzheimer’s patient is depressed, he or she has a harder time functioning with activities of daily living which appears as though the patient’s mental capacity is taking a dip. However, depression can be managed and alleviated and once that happens not only does mood improve, but so does function.

Symptoms of Depression in the Alzheimer’s patient:
How to Help:And if all else fails, there are many excellent, non-habit forming anti-depressants available. Consult your geriatric psychiatrist! And don’t forget to carve out time as a caregiver to relax and regenerate. The Alzheimer’s patient absorbs your mood.
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