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Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common types of dementia. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the country, ranking even higher than heart disease and cancer.

Treatment for Alzheimer’s focuses mostly on maintaining mental function since it is what the disease attacks. As this involves day-to-day activities, it is important to give an afflicted person the attention and caring he or she may need at any time. Admittedly, it can be difficult for you or any other family member to provide the needed care yourself, but you can rely on professional caregivers. With the right approach, home health care providers can help improve an Alzheimer’s patient’s quality of life.

Effective Communication

Many Alzheimer’s disease patients become confused and find it hard to communicate. They might not be able to comprehend simple instructions especially if there are many distractions around. Getting mad at the patient for not remembering to do something can only upset him or her. Caregivers are trained to communicate patiently and clearly to people with dementia to help them understand what’s going on in their own terms.

Planning Daily Habits

One way to stimulate the patient’s memory is through following a day-to-day schedule. It may not involve big and exciting activities but it can give the patient a sense of consistency. Familiarity with activities, such as mealtimes, dressing, bedtime, and even short walks can greatly help the patient. Even people who can’t remember a lot may find a sense of security in knowing what to expect every day. This can help reduce episodes of confusion and uncooperativeness.

Social Involvement

Depression is closely associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Increasing your loved one’s social involvement can help combat that. This can be easily done through scheduled visits from family and friends. Just be careful not to overwhelm the senior by having too many people over. If the patient is proving to be more comfortable with social involvement, going outdoors to interact with other people and engaging in group activities with those he or she knows may also help.

Care for dementia should be unique to each patient because not all suffer from the same symptoms and are at the same stage. A personalized home care plan to support the treatment should be developed. Residents of Alpharetta, GA can rely on companies like Homewatch CareGivers of North Atlanta for help in coming up with an effective at-home dementia care for their loved ones.

 
Sources:

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care, HelpGuide.org


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Love this.

My husband cannot do much physical exercise but he loves working jigsaw puzzles which are good for hand-eye coordination as well as using your mind to put the puzzle pieces together.

I've been blessed with a good memory...I know it is genetic because I have read about my gggrandfather and his memory of when he came to the west from Virginia/Kentucky. However, several months ago I was under terrible stress because of my husband's health. We went to a defensive driving class and all of a sudden I saw blue and then a deep pink. The words on my workbook all moved to the right in a column. Some letters were piled on top of each other...after we left I was unable to read the paper because words looked lilke overstriking (as in typing). It took several months to clear up. I hope I do not go through this again!

Can you site the research on positive attitude? Also are there any studies that link chemotherapy to dementia/Alzheimer's? Thanks

Hello There, I'm interested in what you are doing. I work for a memory care company and I want to do everything that I can for my residents, staff and people that I come in contact with.

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I think my newest medication is causing me to want to give up. I have been diagnosed with dementia. I am 78 years old. I have lived my life. Then I feel guilty for not wanting to not go on. The medication is Donepzil. I would appreciate your opinion. I have a pain specialist. Next week I see my family physician.

My 88 year old mother has short term memory issues and has just started taking Donepzil. What is your opinion of this medication?

Many of these are doable for me. The one I have problems with is the positive thinking. I feel so beat down and frustrated with my life. Where do you turn for help?

I am thinking my husband has early onset dementia. What can I do. We have visited with several doctors. The endocrinologist says its cortisol deficiency. He is taking tablets for it. We are seeing his primary doctor tomorrow. What do I ask him?

Doctors now seem to be giving out pills to reduce blood pressure, but when the blood pressure is too low, the brain suffers a lack of nourishment and oxygen.....this is causing memory loss, especially short term memory loss in many elderly patients.....Can anyone correlate low blood pressure with memory loss? This also is causing problems with the eyes .....

There is a correlation between low blood pressure and short term memory loss.....the brain needs nourishment and oxygen .....Doctors now give meds that lower blood pressure too low....and the result is memory loss....please check this correlation.....

There is a correlation between low blood pressure and short term memory loss....the brain need some nourishment and oxygen.....the doctors now are giving meds that lower the pressure too low.....causing memory loss.

This article makes infers that if you get dementia, its your fault for not doing the right things for preventing it. This is a horrible message to people who have dementia, and a false promise to those who dont. Please dontae the money you spent on this proaganda and send it to the Altheimers association.