With advancing age it’s a notion that the elders get more forgetful. Blame the neurons most of the times, but it could me more severe than it looks and medical attention might be required for their wellbeing. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is just one of the many symptoms of Dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder in which the death of brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline. It is the most common type of dementia.
Symptoms of the disease include:
In 2016, researchers published findings suggesting that a change in sense of humor might be an early sign of Alzheimer’s.
The progression of Alzheimer’s can be broken down into three main stages:
How to Care for patients with Alzheimer’s
It takes a lot of effort, patience and understanding to care for patients with Alzheimer. Proper professional care is highly recommended.
Prevent falls by avoiding scatter rugs, extension cords and any clutter that could trip or fall. Install handrails or grab bars in critical areas.
Use locks. Install locks on cabinets that contain anything potentially dangerous, such as medicine, alcohol, toxic cleaning substances, dangerous utensils and tools.
Take fire safety precautions. Keep matches and lighters out of reach.
Schedule wisely. Establish a routine to make each day less agitating and confusing. People with Alzheimer’s disease can still learn and follow routines. Often it is best to schedule tasks, such as bathing or medical appointments, when the person is most alert and refreshed.
It’s okay to get overwhelmed or tired, first take care of yourself. If it begins to hinder our wellbeing ask the medical professionals to step in. At Heritage Hope, we provide care for the Elders suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Day care or full care, both options are available. Visit us for more information.