Should Alzheimer’s Patients Receive Specialized Care?
Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia. It can be completely debilitating in its later stages, though many seniors are high functioning during the early stages of the disease. The truth is Alzheimer’s Disease can be very difficult, painful, and sad. But that does not mean all is hopeless. There are many things one can do to alleviate the issues that come with Alzheimer’s Disease. It just takes some proactiveness and the right type of assisted living for Alzheimer’s patients.
Alzheimer’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disease that typically begins slowly and worsens as time progresses. Alzheimer’s patients comprise somewhere between 60% and 70% of the total number of people living with dementia. Often, the first symptom to be exhibited is short-term memory loss. As the disease advances, other symptoms include: problems with language, disorientation (including getting lost easily), mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self care, and behavioural issues. The cause or causes of Alzheimer’s are not known, though some studies have shown a correlation with conditions such as obesity as well as some genetic markers.
In 2015, there were about 30 million people living with Alzheimer’s Disease globally. Nearly two million people died that same year due to or in conjunction with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s affects about 6% of people over the age of 65. Alzheimer’s is clearly a huge issue for those who have the disease as well as society in general. If you have an elderly loved one who has the disease or has been recently diagnosed, what can you do?
Assisted Living for Alzheimer’s Patients
Assisted living can, has, and does improve the lives of countless seniors all across America and the world. Assisted living can help those seniors who need just a little help managing their lives as well as seniors who require a great deal of assistance and care. Alzheimer’s patients are no different in that they too can benefit from assisted living. But the needs of Alzheimer’s patients are obviously different from the needs of other patients.
Some assisted living communities can offer services from caregivers who are specially experienced and trained in helping those with Alzheimer’s Disease. But not all assisted living communities can offer these specialized services. That is why it is sometimes beneficial to hire the services of a third party caregiver. Healthcare agencies that offer the services of their caregivers in their clients’ homes can often also provide those services to seniors living in assisted living communities, nursing homes, and retirement communities. This can ensure that your elderly loved one is getting the specific care that they need to deal with their Alzheimer’s disease.
Executive Care is one such healthcare agency that offers the services of caregivers who specialize in caring for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. Executive Care’s specialized caregivers can provide care in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, and in the homes of clients. Apart from Alzheimer’s Disease, Executive Care also has a staff of caregivers who are specially skilled at treating those with Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, developmental disabilities, as well as those who have suffered a stroke or brain or spinal injuries.
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