Alzheimer’s disease is a commonly seen condition in the aging population. It poses difficult challenges for patients and their families and can take a toll on the physical, mental and financial health of all those involved. However, the Redondo Beach Alzheimer’s care experts at Home Care Assistance believe that education on the disease and its process is the first step in coping with the illness in a healthy and productive way. Here are a few facts that family caregivers should know about Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia – The terms Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are often used interchangeably, but all forms of dementia are not Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a specific form of dementia that is characterized by an excessive amount of protein deposits called plaques and tangles that interfere with the electrical activity of the brain and cause cell destruction. Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia in older people.
- Causes – Not one specific cause has been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s except for a rare genetic mutation that accounts for approximately 5% of diagnosed cases. A combination of many factors involving health, increased age and social habits seems to increase the incidence of occurrence.
- Sundowning – A change in a senior’s temperament in the evening, also referred to as sundowning, occurs when Alzheimer’s patients who function relatively well during the day begin to experience increased confusion during the evening and night hours. For inexperienced family caregivers, coping with such symptoms may be best done with the help of a professional part-time caregiver in Redondo Beach who specializes in Alzheimer’s care.
- Medications – Intensive research has led to the development of medications that can help some patients lead more productive lives. Nothing is available today that can stop or cure the disease; however there are medications on the market work to stabilize neurotransmitter activity in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that relay information throughout the brain.
- Research – Many ongoing studies continue to search for underlying causes and a cure for the disease. Many patients find satisfaction in participating in clinical trials that may help find answers that can potentially benefit themselves and other patients who are suffering from Alzheimer’s.
If you have an aging parent or loved one who has recently been diagnosed Alzheimer’s, now is the best time to plan for long-term care. Consider how you will be able to assist your loved one through each stage of the disease, and consider a professional Alzheimer’s caregiver who can provide live-in home care during the later stages of the disease when needs are more advanced. For more information about caring for a senior with Alzheimer’s, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Redondo Beach by visiting or website at www.homecareassistanceredondobeach.com or calling a Care Manager directly at 310-303-2530.