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Coronavirus: a support for the families of patients with Alzheimer's disease
There are fragile people to where the emergency is very heavy: we think of people with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia , and to those who take care of them: to help caregivers cope with these problems , the Centre of the Cognitive Neuropsychology of Niguarda hospital of Milan has extended for the duration of the emergency the availability of its telephone support service, which are solved by psychologists experienced in neuropsychology (02 64 44 21 26, from Monday to Friday from 9 to 16). The care givers “Who assists these patients, who do not have full awareness of what is happening, he is living a difficult situation, must cope with practical problems - treatment plans to renew contacts with the doctor, medication management for behavioral disorders - trying to remain a stable point of reference for the patient”, explains the neurologist Gabriella Bottini, head of the service . “And can often be found alone with their anguish”. For as much as you may try to show serenity, it is not easy to prevent the patients to experience the discomfort of those who assist them, “not forgetting,” says Bottini, ”that we have to deal with patients in very different conditions from those suffering from cognitive disorders, in mild to severe dementia: all, however, perceive in a different way, the state of anxiety of those around them”. Days completely overwhelmed A problem exacerbated by the inability to maintain a daily routine, so important for those suffering from dementia, now that they have closed day centres, which in some way help to organize the day of patients, and in some cases are not available for caregivers or other reference figures. Without forgetting the anxiety generated by the news coming. “And’ should not leave the patient alone to follow the tv news and in the news, because there is a risk that perceive information as an imminent danger that concerns him directly,“ says Bottini. “Another issue is related to the restrictions on the movement, difficult to accept for us that we have an attitude at least partially rational“ . For these patients, sometimes, the daily walk is an important event, and the risk is that the deprivation accentuates the agitation or the tendencies to vagrancy, which make the necessary checks to prevent that the patients can go out alone. Equally difficult to explain that you need to wash your hands constantly, and avoid physical contacts ,“which are very important from the emotional point of view, and in more serious cases, indispensable for the support “, stresses the neurologist.
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