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Alzheimer's - Additional Information

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Alzheimer's disease will bring significant changes in your day-to-day experiences. Things your loved one once did easily such as personal care will become increasingly difficult. The following suggestions may help you cope with Alzheimer's stages and plan for changes that will occur in the future. Call us today for a no obligation home visit to discuss care options, 303-699-8840. At Abby Senior Care a Care Manager will meet with your family to discuss building a Care Plan around the following points:

  • Give them time to accomplish a task and don't let others rush them. Dementia symptoms vary from day-to-day.
  • Encourage them to take a break if something is too difficult. A home care companion can help them pace their activities of daily living.
  • Arrange for others to help them with tasks that are too difficult. As their family caregiver, you don't need to do everything by yourself. Respite home care services can be very beneficial.
  • Find a quiet place if there is too much distraction noise. Alzheimer's home care is especially beneficial to seniors who become anxious or upset by too much activity and noise.
  • Post a schedule of things they do every day, such as meal times, therapy, a mediation schedule and the bed time. It is very important that prescription dementia treatments be given at the specified times each day.
  • Post important phone numbers in large print next to the phone, such as the Medicare skilled nursing services provider and your non-medical home care agency.
  • Help them label and store mediations in a pill organizer for easy medication reminders.
  • Label photos with the names of those they see most often.
  • Label cupboards and drawers with words or pictures that describe their contents to help them live independently.

Many people have memory problems this does not mean they have Alzheimer's or another dementia. There are many different causes of memory problems. Some causes of dementia-like symptoms can be reversed. Many dementias are progressive, meaning symptoms start out slowly and gradually get worse. If you or a loved one is experiencing memory difficulties or other change in thinking skills, don't ignore them. See a doctor soon to determine the cause. Professional evaluation may detect a treatable condition. And even if symptoms suggest dementia, early diagnosis allows a person to get the maximum benefit from available treatment.

You should know

While symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's can vary greatly, at least two of the following core mental functions must be significantly impaired to be considered dementia:

  • Impaired memory
  • Impaired speech
  • Ability to focus and pay attention
  • Reasoning and judgment
  • Visual perception