Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Estimates cary, but experts suggest that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s.
With no cure in sight, the families of Alzheimer’s sufferers must find ways to delay the loss of memories and function. Many are turning to art therapy to hopefully give back what the disease has taken away. Participating in art therapy classes can stimulate the brain and senses to trigger dormant memories and encourage conversation.
It is very important for the person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to have the full support of their family members. For family members, there can be many conflicts caused by decisions about treatment, living arrangements, and finances. Additional family dynamics prior to the diagnosis could affect how individuals react and see their roles in providing care and support.