Alzheimer’s disease is NOT a normal part of aging.
Although most people willingly provide care to their loved ones and friends, caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease at home can be a difficult task and might become overwhelming at times. Each day brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and new patterns of behavior. As the disease gets worse, people living with Alzheimer’s disease often need more intensive care.
Currently, many people living with Alzheimer’s disease are cared for at home by family members.
Doctor house feels caregiving can have positive aspects for the caregiver as well as the person being cared for.
- bring personal fulfillment to the caregiver
- satisfaction from helping a family member or friend
- lead to the development of new skills.
- improved family relationships.
A progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment. Involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. Affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. We still do not know what causes Alzheimer’s disease. The most common type of dementia. The symptoms of the disease can first appear after age 60 and the risk increases with age. Younger people may get Alzheimer’s disease, but it is less common. Age is the best known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Family history—researchers believe that genetics may play a role in developing Alzheimer’s disease. Changes in the brain can begin years before the first symptoms appear. Researchers are studying whether education, diet, and environment play a role in developing Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists are finding more evidence that some of the risk factors for heart disease and stroke, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol may also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Memory problems are typically one of the first warning signs of cognitive loss. Alzheimer’s disease may experience one or more of the following signs:
- 1)Familial Women hugging
- 2)Memory loss that disrupts daily life, such as getting lost in a familiar place or repeating questions.
- 3)Trouble handling money and paying bills.
- 4)Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
- 5)Decreased or poor judgment.
- 6)Misplaces things and being unable to retrace steps to find them.
- 7)Changes in mood, personality, or behavioral.
Some causes for symptoms, such as depression and drug interactions, are reversible. However, they can be serious and should be identified and treated by a health care provider as soon as possible.
Early and accurate diagnosis provides opportunities for you and your family to consider or review financial planning, develop advance directives, enroll in clinical trials, and anticipate care needs.
Medical management can improve the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. There is currently no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
Medical management addresses several different areas:
- 1)Helping people maintain mental function.
- 2)Managing behavioral symptoms.
- 3)Slowing or delaying the symptoms of the disease.
- 4)Support for family and friends
Doctor House has a lot of experience in visiting Alzheimer patients and we at Doctor house have few advise to be given to caregivers or family members about safety of this patients.
Firstly, locks has to be installed on all outside doors and windows.
Please write an Emergency numbers and your home address telephones.
Please install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in or near the kitchen and all sleeping areas.
Please try not to use flammable and volatile compounds near gas appliances. Do not store these materials in an area where a gas pilot light is used.
It will be useful and safe if we can fix alarms that notify you when a door or window is opened.
Try to hide a house key outside your house in case the person with Alzheimer’s disease locks you out of the house.
Cover unused electrical outlets with childproof plugs.
Keep all medications (prescription and over-the-counter) locked. Each bottle of prescription medicine should be clearly labeled with the person’s name, name of the drug, drug strength, dosage frequency, and expiration date.
Keep all alcohol in a locked cabinet or out of reach of the person with Alzheimer’s. Drinking alcohol can increase confusion.
If the person with Alzheimer’s smokes, remove matches, lighters, ashtrays, cigarettes, and other means of smoking from view.
Doctor House provides home visit to evaluate Alzheimer patients and to give a proper care.
Resources on Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Health-From CDC.