How I spent my day: Helping Older Adults Living with Alzheimer

Figure 1: Older Adult shopping


Currently, more attention is placed on Covid-19 as it continues to cause havoc on various countries of the world, especially on leading economies such as KSA and the US.  This notwithstanding, professionals at recognizes that other conditions, especially  Alzheimer importance cannot be underemphasized.  In the U.S., millions of people suffering from Alzheimer have many questions about their future, and, as such, they depend on proficient caregivers. Recently, I assisted two old women (Mrs. Taylor and Jones) suffering, from progressive mental deterioration because of general brain degeneration, to shop, cook, wash, dress, take their medication from reputable companies such as Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company and manage their money and bills, among other things. My goal as a caregiver was to provide my clients with professional, quality services that meet their needs. Consequently, notable attributes, skill and tools are paramount as discussed in the Article.


Integrity is a vital aspect of behaving decently with professional integrity. Generally, the public must be able to not only believe but also trust their caregivers. Patients contemplating medical and other care services have the right to be treated with the utmost truth. shows that tools, such as polygraphs, are used to assess recruits’ honesty and integrity. While I did not undergo the test myself, I behaved with utmost integrity when working Mrs. Taylor and Jones. Handling their credit cards and accessing their bank accounts required integrity and honesty. That way, I maintained my professionalism and enhanced my clients’ trust in me. Even so, the law identifies that some situations may involve therapeutic privilege. The concept entails a caregiver choosing not to disclose some information to their patients, which if disclosed, might extremely affect the health, wellbeing, and overall welfare of that patient. This qualification is vital as the professional is definitely being dishonest providing selective and partial account of truth, but does so based on what he or she believes is in patient’s best interest. I took advantage of that principle when one of my client’s children escaped a road accident with major injuries. However, we arrived at that decision with her older sons. In essence, I maintained honesty and integrity.

Job Skills and Knowledge

Working with old people requires skills and knowledge. Some jobs would require skill and job knowledge tests to assess specific types of skills and knowledge needed to perform certain jobs (Screenshot Text). In general, caregivers must be skilled and knowledgeable about the requisite personal care along with activities of daily living associated with working with older citizens. As such, when working with my clients, I was experienced in medication reminders, washing, and general housekeeping, depending on their needs and requests. More so, my background in the psychology of aging equipped me with the requisite knowledge for handling people with Alzheimer’s disease.


As noted by Joseph, the lead analyst at SpssExperts believes that “many employers use biodata instruments during recruitment”. According to biodata is the ‘background information and personal characteristics that can be used in a systematic fashion to select employees’. Bios are leveraged during networking activities as they present information about the attributes, reputation, tone, and makeup of a potential employee. Sundberg (n.d) demonstrates that 80 percent of job opportunities are filled by networking with friends. Personally, I can attest that networking was vital in securing me the two jobs. I got the first job through a family friend. She was married to Mrs. Taylor’s son and suggested to me that her mother-in-law needed someone to look after her. The second job came through a professional meeting. Mrs. Jones was a former patient at a hospital I volunteered in prior to her admission. During a meeting with my former colleagues, one of the nurses suggested to me she had an elderly patient who required assistance. Even so, in both instances, I was asked for my biodata considering that I was familiar with both networks. I considered a biodata because it was easy to explain a bit about myself.

Motor and Sensory Ability

Motor skill involves precise muscle movement aimed at performing a specific act. Generally, most purposeful movements entail the ability to sense or feel what those muscles are doing while performing the act. While working as a caregiver, I used the large muscle groups to walk my clients in the park and undertaking general household responsibilities. Besides, I used my fine motor skills to learn to type using the computer. On the other hand, sensory skills involve the precise perception of sensations via the body sensory organs. It entails auditory attention, depth perception, far vision, glare sensitivity, near vision, night vision, peripheral vision, sound localization, speech clarity, speech recognition, and visual color discrimination. For instance, my speech was clear, to enable my clients to understand me. Besides, when attending to other activities, such as driving my clients to the hospital, I took advantage of my peripheral vision to notice Mrs. Taylor and Jones when my eyes are looking ahead. Even so, it is advisable to accurately use sensory and motor skills without being overwhelmed.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the individual’s ability to be conscious of, control, and expression his or her feelings, and handle interpersonal relationships empathically and judiciously (Screenshot text). For one thing, emotional intelligence is vital to not only personal but also a professional success. While attending to my clients, I was cognizant of the need to be emotionally aware. I found that caregiving is an overwhelming task that requires one to define their emotions and those of their patients. With that knowledge, for instance, I could notice when Mrs. Taylor and Jones were downhearted, and, as such, motivated them by taking a walk together. That demonstrated my ability to harness their emotions and apply them to tasks such as thinking and problem solving. Personally, I managed my anxieties by listening to music while attending to my daily responsibilities. Furthermore, regular breaks and offs enabled me to regulate my emotions and come back rejuvenated to cheer up or calm down my clients.


Overall, older generations suffering from Alzheimer require caregivers with special abilities to attend to them. While working with Mrs. Taylor and Jones, my honesty enabled their families to trust me with them. I was not only skilled in housekeeping and running errands but also knowledgeable in the condition they were suffering from. Besides my biodata enhancing my chances of securing the jobs, I took advantage of my motor and sensory abilities, and emotional intelligence to provide adequate, quality services to my clients.






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