How can a therapist help in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease?
A therapist can help the patient with Alzheimer’s deal with the emotional challenges that follow post-diagnosis for patients, such as anxiety, hopelessness, or even depression. A therapist can also equip them with strategies to enhance their everyday functionality and be okay to ask for help when they need it. A therapist can educate the patient with the progression of the illness and build resilience for overcoming challenges.
What is a therapist trained to deal with?
Therapists are trained mental health professionals that help clients become equipped with emotional and cognitive skills, reduce symptoms of mental illness, cope with challenges and stressors, and overall enhance their emotional well-being and quality of life.
What interventions can a therapist use for Alzheimer’s?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be useful in helping the patient deal with anxiety and depression; Cognitive Stimulation Therapy can help keep the brain activity by challenging it with themed activities; “Life story work”, which includes sharing personal memories and experiences can help enhance well-being, mental functioning and mood, etc. are some interventions that a therapist can use for Alzheimer’s.
How does a therapist help prevent burnout for family members of Alzheimer’s patients?
A therapist can help the family members find resources to share their caregiving responsibilities with such as respite care services or other family members, help them set realistic goals regarding caretaking, provide a safe and non-judgemental space to talk about their feelings and challenges, and help them deal with their emotional and physical challenges. A therapist can also encourage the caregivers to engage in self-care activities that can reduce burnout.