When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it is easy to fall into despair. There’s no cure for Alzheimer’s, and it is marked by a slow cognitive decline. People with Alzheimer’s often struggle with confusion, frustration, depression, and other mental illness as they lose memory and bodily functions.
But even though this happens, there’s no reason to give up hope. Research points to the fact that there is hope for people who undergo treatment right after a diagnosis. The most common type of medical treatment for someone with this type of dementia is with cholinesterase inhibitors, a group of drugs that has been shown to help slow the early spread of the disease in the first several years after a diagnosis. Additionally, this type of treatment helps reduce mortality rates for up to five years after the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Not only does Alzheimer’s treatment help improve quality of life for someone with Alzheimer’s, it helps them live longer, too.
Even though there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, the spread of the disease can be slowed. In addition to slowing it down with medical intervention, there are other methods that have also been shown to be effective. Changes in diet, exercise, and mental stimulation through social interactions and game play have all been shown to be effective, to a degree, of slowing the spread of the disease. This doesn’t make Alzheimer’s go away–it is a fatal illness with no known cure at this time. But it can help the person that is suffering from it live a longer life with a higher degree of mental functioning for a longer period of time.
Senior care that takes dementia and the special needs that accompany it is important, too. Again, this won’t make dementia go away, but it can make life for the person that is suffering a little bit better. Not all senior care is designed to meet the special circumstances that Alzheimer’s brings about. A caregiver that is trained in this area is vital to ensuring that the person receiving help is getting the best possible care that they can get.
We train our caregivers to take the special needs of memory care into account. We believe that your family deserves the best, and we take great strides to make sure that each of our caregivers has the training and expertise necessary to help your family to the highest degree that they can. Alzheimer’s presents unique challenges when it comes to care, and we would never send an in-home caregiver into a situation that they are not familiar with.
Would you like to learn a bit more about who we are and what we do? Are you interested in hearing about how in-home care can help a loved one suffering from dementia receive a higher degree of support than another type of care might be able to provide. Give us a call or email us to get a free consultation scheduled. Not only can we answer your Alzheimer’s care related questions, we can help you get pointed to the best type of care for your family’s unique situation.