As an infant or a young child, you rely on your caregivers to do just about everything for you. As the caregiver you gladly care for your child’s needs, that’s your sweet precious baby. However, what happens when old age and illness befalls our elderly loved ones?
Those with Alzheimer’s disease have brains that are very similar to that of a developing child. Will they receive the same loving care as a child? In most cases they do not.
A recent study shows that 47% of those with Alzheimer’s disease had been mistreated by their caregivers; 55% experienced psychological abuse, 20% physical abuse, and 30% neglect. Like caring for a child, caring for someone suffering with this disease needs patient and attentive care 24 hours a day. If you notice any signs of abuse, speak up! It’s our responsibility to help our vulnerable community.
Abuse cannot always be foreseen, but we can be prepared. Our elderly ones and caregivers need to be able to contact the appropriate people in case of an emergency and to report abuse. If a GPS traceable cell phone or Life Alert button is not something available to the Alzheimer’s patient, an inactive older model cell phone still provides a measure of safety, knowing 911 can be contacted.
To get an emergency phone for yourself, friend, or family member, contact your local law enforcement and tell them to contact the 911 Cell Phone Bank. Remember to always show love and consideration to our valued elderly community.