Alzheimer’s and Long Term Care…

Coping With Alzheimer’s Disease

Photo credit: infolongtermcare.org

Photo credit: infolongtermcare.org

 

What is Alzheimer ’s disease? Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and degenerative disease. Primarily, it destroys the brain cells. Unlike most cells in the body, the brain cells cannot reproduce. Once the neurons or brain cells are dead, they cannot be replaced. That is the reason when a person have Alzheimer’s disease it is likely permanent.

 

Alzheimer’s Disease Statistics

According to Alzheimer’s association, the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It is also the most common form of dementia; more than five million Americans are suffering from this condition. Many people associate aging with Alzheimer’s disease. This is partly true because aging is a risk factor for the development of Alzheimer. However, it is important to know that this condition is not a normal part of aging.

 

Causes Of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is caused by atrophy of the brain. The structure and functionality of the brain becomes damage. The exact cause of the condition is stil not known, but people with Alzheimer’s disease have been found to have abnormal amounts of protein and fibres in the brain.

 

Who Are At Risk?

The greatest risk factor associated with this condition is age. The possibility of developing Alzheimer doubles every five years, one the person reaches the age of 65. However, it is important to know that there are cases wherein young adults develop this condition. Other risk factors for this condition are genetics, individuals with Down’s syndrome, whiplash and head injuries. Individuals with vascular disease like diabetes and high blood pressure are also at risk for developing this degenerative condition.

 

Symptoms of Alzheimer

The Mayo Clinic states that the rate at which symptoms appear and worsen varies from person to person. If you have Alzheimer’s, you may be the first to notice that you’re having abnormal difficulty remembering things and organizing your thoughts. People have occasional memory lapses. As not to be confused, it is normal for people to forget the name of a person or where they put their keys. But the memory loss associated with this condition can continue and overtime it can worsens. Most of the time, because of severe memory loss, it affects their ability to function at work and at home. Other symptoms associated with this condition are disorientation and misinterpretation of spatial relationships. It also affects skills like speaking and writing.

 

Alzheimer And Long Term Care

 

Since Alzheimer patients lose their ability to perform normal function, they need help in order to survive. Even the simplest activities like talking or walking becomes a struggle.  As the condition progression, people with Alzheimer would greatly benefit from long term care as they need someone who will assist them on their everyday functions like bathing, dressing and eating.
Across the country, there are many long term care settings and Alzheimer’s care facility available. They provide support with personal care and daily activities, such as housekeeping and meal preparation. They also offer services that help people with Alzheimer cope with their condition and stay as independent as possible.

 

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