LIVING WITH AN ALZHEIMER’S PATIENT
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive degenerative dementia, which appears with intellectual deterioration with neuropsychiatic/behavioral disturbances and are impaired daily living activities. Most of these patients live at home and are taken care of by their relatives. The physical, social and financial problems perceived by the caregivers are identified as ‘caregiver burden’. These caregivers are often not ready for this burden and doctors can use a structured approach to ease the burden and increase the quality of life of both sides. The parts of this structured approach includes negotiating alliance with family, explaining cognitive symptoms to family, talking about safety points (self, home safety issues and reorganization of the environment), achieving self hygiene and health issues and, dealing with psychopathologic symptoms to support the caregivers. Team-work is necessary to manage handling the cognitive and non-cognitive symptoms of the patient in which a doctor must be assigned as a member. In this review we aimed to discuss the present strategic approaches to challenge with the non-cognitive symptoms in Alzheimer disease.