June Andrews, a nurse, dementia expert, and author of the counseling book "When A Person You Know Has Dementia", gives the comment at the end of each task to explain how it can make the test person feel.
"The fear of failing a test and realizing what it means is visceral and real," Andrews said today.
"I want healthy people to get an insight into how it feels, that way they can do the things you can become good and delay dementia – exercise, not smoking, being careful with alcohol, keeping mentally active , keep a healthy body weight ̵
People with dementia often do not talk about what they are going through, withdraw from their friends and shame or scare , Andrews noted. At the same time, most healthy people will not imagine how it is because they are scared, she added.
Some 5.8 million Americans live with Alzheimer's, the most common type of dementia. The puzzle is supposed to replicate what they go through.
Humiliation for failing to accomplish a simple task leads to anger. There is also fear and stress because missing such tests can lead to job loss or a confiscated driving license. People can smash out because they don't care how hard they try, they feel like a failure. Depression is a common outcome, the project explains.
Andrews advised the families to use "No Arguments and Correct" to reassure their agitated loved ones.
"If the person with dementia gets something wrong – as long as there is nothing that will hurt them – do not argue. Just change the subject or let it go," she said.
"It makes people eager to know they get it wrong – as it would be if you do the puzzle – so try to keep life simple so they don't do it wrong and if they do, Don't Point to It or Stress Them About It. "
June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
Close family members are typically the first to post memory problems, but they & # 39; I'm often reluctant to say anything the Alzheimer's Association noted. At the same time, almost nine out of ten Americans say they want others to tell them whether they show signs of dementia, the group found in a new poll.
The new campaign entitled "Our Stories" encourages families to talk about any cognitive problems earlier, leading to early diagnosis, which means more time for planning and better disease management.
The association's tips for starting a conversation include:
- Try to say, "I've noticed [an out-of-the ordinary behavior] in you and I'm worried. Have you noticed? Are you worried?"
- Discuss for a medical appointment together: "I think it would give both of us peace of mind if we spoke to a doctor."
- The first conversation cannot succeed. Be ready to have someone else.
If you ask whether you should address the issue, the Alzheimer's Association also has a list of 10 early signs and symptoms of the disease. If you notice any of them, it is worth having a conversation with your friend or family member.