6 comments on “Alzheimer s Disease: How Can I Help?

  1. I love the idea of the card to hand out. I just recently found out my aunt had Alzheimer’s for several years before she died and her care primarily fell on my cousin’s shoulders. We are finally catching up after a 20-year gap. I’m just finding out now what she has been going through. Thanks for these tips to help others.

  2. Ina Gilmore on Nov 23, 2012 8:11 am |

    Thanks Carol for sharing! It always amazes me how much caregivers keep to themselves. I’m glad she can share with you what she went through.

  3. My mother-in-law had Alzheimer’s for several years before she crossed through the veil. I found my sister-in-law and my wife constantly challenged dealing with her as her disease grew worse. It got really difficult taking her out to eat or do anything else. She could get belligerent about using a walker or wheel chair yet she lacked the endurance to function without one or the other.

    I love the idea of those Alzheimer’s companion cards. They should make life easier for the restaurant or merchant staff as well as the care giver. While my mother-in-law may not remember us or who she was, she still had an ego and didn’t want to be embarrassed.

    I write extensively about relationship selling and about customer loyalty programs. Interestingly, the easiest, most effective way to develop customer loyalty isn’t a program. It’s showing you care, listening and paying attention to your customers. Train you staff on the basics of just being sensitive to someone dealing with a caregiving client, whether family or patient. It can win you loyal, repeat customers as well as increase your own satisfaction from making their lives easier.

  4. Ina Gilmore on Nov 24, 2012 7:17 am |

    Hi John,

    I’m sorry for your family’s loss, which begins when the person with ALzheimer’s disease exhibits symptoms of forgetting who they are and who their loved ones are.

    Yes, these cards are a way to quietly let a waiter or staff member know about Alzheimer’s without embarrassment or making a scene.

    The belligerence often is a function of the brain disease. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that not only affects memory, but also how the person affected interprets things, including walkers and wheelchairs. She may have seen the walker or wheelchair as something scary, not a tool to help her. And frustrating to caregivers is this can be true one minute and not the next.

    Thanks for your comment!

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