Knowing Alzheimer's: A Crucial Battle in Elder Care

June 1, 2017

As June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, there is no better time to call attention to Alzheimer’s disease and its effects. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain condition that mostly affects the elderly and is the leading cause of dementia in adults. There are no methods of treatment to slow, stop, or reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s and patients require increased amounts of personal care over time. Naturally, these characteristics make Alzheimer’s disease an acute focus of Centers Health Care.

            When dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, initial symptoms can be subtle. Symptoms can go unnoticed and are frequently erroneously attributed to the normal effects of aging. In its earliest stages, Alzheimer’s is often characterized by a difficulty or inability to remember recent events. Other symptoms run a gamut of subtle mental problems medically identified as mild cognitive impairment or “MCI.” As the disease progresses, its effects become more severe, resulting in memory loss, apathy, depression, disorientation, etc. Alzheimer’s can occur at any age, but most patients begin to show signs at ages 65 and older.

            Unfortunately, from a treatment and prevention standpoint, there is not much that can be done to fight Alzheimer’s. The causes of the disease are largely unknown, but the latest medical research suggests genetics to be the biggest causal factor. So for an Alzheimer’s patient, quality of life and mitigation of the disease are achieved through the personal caretaking they receive. This is where family, friends, the community, and health care professions like those at Centers Health Care can make incredible impacts in the lives of patients.

In the late stages of Alzheimer’s, patients need caregiving in every sense of the word, often requiring assistance in the most basic aspects of self-maintenance. Beyond compassionate caregiving, health care professionals can employ a range of emotional, cognitive, and stimulating psychotherapy techniques. Whether it’s hearing a childhood melody, nuzzling a therapy animal, or a walk amongst a flower garden, psychological stimuli can improve mood and, in some cases, function.

For patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, the very building blocks of life can be taken away. It is up to both ordinary people and organizations like Centers Health Care to maintain the beauty, dignity, and joy of life. So this June, stay vigilant and help spread awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Follow the link at the bottom of this post to learn about the Awakened program and Alzheimer’s treatment at a Centers Health Care facility near you. 

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