The Alzheimer's Association states that AD is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. About one in three seniors die with AD or another form of dementia. What is your knowledge of why some say that the family members seem to endure more difficulty than the victim?
"Alzheimer's is a sad disease, for sure. My grandmother was diagnosed with the disease and I understand why some say that it is harder for the family to endure than the patient. The patients do experience frustrations due to being forgetful, etc. If a patient does not have another diagnosis that leads to death and Alzheimer's progresses to its last stage, the patient returns to what appears to be an infantile state of being. They must be fed, clothed, and have no memory or understanding. It is a very painful thing to experience when someone you care for has no memory of you or others that they loved."
"It is understandable why people say Alzheimer's is more difficult for family members. I'm not sure if I would go so far as to say it is more difficult, but I can understand the thought behind it. In the beginning, patients are afraid and frustrated because of memory loss which can lead to so many dangers (forgetting medicines, driving and becoming lost, etc.). At later stages, though, more burden to provide care is placed on the family and the patient forgets more. So, I can see why the statement is logical to many."