What Does Care Look Like For Alzheimer’s Patients?
Alzheimer’s Disease is hard on everybody. It’s obviously hard on those diagnosed with the disease. But it’s also difficult for the loved ones of those with the disease. And the disease requires special care.
Alzheimer’s Disease Afflicts Many Seniors In America And All Over The World.
Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease that impedes the cognitive functions of the brain. It is a progressive disease which means that it gets worse over time. Approximately 30 million people in the world today have the disease. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia and it accounts for somewhere between 60% and 70% of the total cases of dementia. Unfortunately, medical science has yet to develop a clear picture with regards to the causes of the disease. From what we do know, about 70% of the risk of developing Alzheimer’s appears to be genetic.
Typically, the first symptom that a patient with Alzheimer’s will present with is the loss of memory of recent events. As the disease progresses, however, the list of symptoms increases and can cover quite a lot. Such symptoms include loss of motivation (e.g., not eating), disorientation (such as getting lost easily), neglecting self-care, problems with language, mood swings, and (sometimes violent) behavioral issues.
Specialized Care Is Available For Seniors Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease.
Without wanting to dive headfirst into despair, there’s no denying the truth: Alzheimer’s can be downright tragic. It can be incredibly sad when a loved one can longer even recognize you. And living with Alzheimer’s dangerous and ultimately lethal. But no Alzheimer’s patient should starve to death simply because they cannot remember to eat. They need care and thankfully care is available. But standard personal care services are sometimes not adequate to help Alzheimer’s patients.
Care for Alzheimer’s patients must be specially suited to serve them. Often the services rendered are not very different from other personal care services delivered to any senior. But the experience and skills of the caregivers are key. Sometimes people with Alzheimer’s Disease can become violent. Without a trained and experienced caregiver there, these patients can be a danger to themselves, their family, or other residents of their care facility. The skills required often go beyond those of some otherwise qualified caregivers, not to mention loved ones. Your heart might be in the right place, but Alzheimer’s care is something that must be left to the professionals.
It’s best to explore your Alzheimer’s care options as soon as you or your elderly loved one receive the diagnosis. It’s good to get into the routine of seeing a caregiver before the disease progresses. To learn more about care for Alzheimer’s patients, please contact us through our website or by calling (888) 963-9133.