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題名: Second Opinion Zen and the Art of Coping With Alzheimer's
記者: By DENISE GRADY
発行日: August 14, 2007
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The number of people with Alzheimer's in the United States is
staggering: 4.5 million people.
One in 10 of those over 65 and nearly half of those over 85 are
afflicted with the disease.
Taking care of them costs $100 billion a year, and the number of
patients is expected to reach 11 to 16 million by 2050.
Millions of families suffer the anguish of seeing a loved one's
mind and personality disintegrate.
They must deal with the anger, the wandering, the sleeping all
day and staying up all night, the person who asks the same
question 15 times in 15 minutes, wants to wear the same blouse
every day and no longer recognizes her own children or knows
what a toilet is for.
For people who are coping with demented parents the easiest way
is to 'go with the flow'.
People with Alzheimer's aren't being stubborn or nasty on
purpose; they can't help it.
Arguing and correcting will not only not help, but they will
ratchet up the hostility level and make things worse.
If a patient asks for her mother, for instance, instead of
pointing out that her mother has been dead for 40 years, it is
better to say something like, "I wish your mother were here,
If Grandma wants to help out by washing the dishes but makes
a mess of it, leave her to it and just rewash them later when
she's not looking.
Families must also struggle with the wrenching decision about
whether they can keep the patient at home as helplessness
increases, incontinence sets in and things are only going to
There is no cure for Alzheimer's and no way to prevent it.
Most researchers say no breakthrough is around the corner,
and it could easily be a decade or more before anything comes
along that makes a real difference for patients.