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7 Natural Alzheimer’s Treatments and Tips 4
Common Treatments to Help a Dementia Patient Deal with the Disease 6
Dealing with a Dementia Patient Who Is Aggressive 9
Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease – 7 Stages and the Symptoms You Need to Know 11
Is Dementia Reversible or Treatable? 14
Dealing with Dementia – Organization and Routine Are Vital for Success 16
How Exercise Can Help the Individual and the Family Dealing with Dementia 18
Making Your Home Safe for a Dementia Sufferer 20
Self-Care Tips for the Dementia Patient 23
Talking to a Parent with Dementia 25
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In the first stage, Alzheimer’s disease has already begun to develop. Even so, there are no recognizable health issues linked to mental decline. The first detecta-ble stage where symptoms appear is in stage 2, with very mild issues developing. Someone in this Alzheimer’s stage may begin misplacing items at work and at home, and may just chalk up the forgetfulness to being busy or unfocused. Friends, family members, and coworkers probably won’t notice any significant memory-related problems.
Stage 3 is usually the earliest phase where cognitive-related problems are notice-able. Someone with Alzheimer’s at this stage may find it difficult to choose the right words or phrases during simple conversations. Short-term memory may be affected negatively. Issues with organizing or planning that were not previously present may pop up. Healthcare professionals will be able to detect reduced cog-nitive function through a number of tests.
Alzheimer’s stage 4 shows definite symptoms of this form of dementia. The per-son in question may have difficulty with simple arithmetic and even forget per-sonal life history details. Short-term memory continues to worsen. Stage 5 is marked by the inability to remember frequently used names and phone numbers. The person may become severely confused for no reason at all, and be incapable of dressing without help.
Stage 6 is where constant and professional supervision is usually required. The person with stage 6 Alzheimer’s may wander aimlessly, get physically lost, lose bladder control, and experience drastic personality changes. Simple daily activi-ties such as bathing and toileting require assistance, and the Alzheimer’s sufferer may be unable to recognize the faces of friends and family members.
Stage 7 is the terminal phase of the debilitating Alzheimer’s disease. The patient is incapable of responding to his or her environment, and communication is virtually impossible. Every aspect of personal living requires assistance, and the patient may lose the ability to swallow. Identification of symptoms is important so that Alzheimer’s can be diagnosed as early as possible, and treatment can lead to the best quality of life.
Is Dementia Reversible or Treatable?
What is Dementia and Are You at Risk?
An adult somewhere in the world develops dementia every 3 seconds, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. Experts tell us global dementia cases will double approximately every 20 years, meaning as many as 75 to 80 million people in 2013 will have developed this debilitating condition. Modern science and tech-nological breakthroughs mean human beings are living longer than ever before. Since most dementia cases develop after the age of 65, this means the longer you live, the greater your odds of developing dementia.
What Exactly Is Dementia?
Dementia is not a single condition and is rather an umbrella word that refers to a group of symptoms. In all cases, dementia refers to severe declines in different mental abilities and functions that dramatically impact and interfere with daily life. In some case, this so negatively affects the brain and thinking skills that a per-son is unable to perform previously simple daily activities.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most commonly recognized form of dementia, account-ing for anywhere from 60% to 80% of dementia diagnoses. Vascular dementia is the onset of memory loss and other declines in mental function which occurs af-ter a stroke. Also referred to as poststroke dementia, vascular dementia makes up about 10% of all dementia cases.
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is the third most common form of dementia. The memory loss and thinking issues common to Alzheimer’s are present. How-ever, people with DLB will often show early symptoms such as hallucinations and imbalance, sleep disturbances and slowness, which is not usually the case with Alzheimer’s.
There are several different issues which can cause dementia symptoms to appear. In many cases, these mental health issues are treatable, but not curable. When vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems and other factors of lifestyle conditions cause dementia symptoms, the problem can be reversed. The same is true when drugs, depression or hormonal imbalances are at the root of symptoms.
When caused by trauma or disease, dementia is irreversible.
Additionally, age-related memory loss does not necessarily mean that Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia is present. Depending on the severity of the con-dition and its underlying cause or causes, dementia can be effectively treated. While there is currently no cure that stops the progression of dementia, there are effective treatments and practices which can temporarily improve symptoms and quality of life, and sometimes slow down the progression of this disease.
Since dementia moves through several different stages, it is important to be diag-nosed as early as possible if you have developed this condition. As people have become less active and many continue to eat processed foods regularly, foods which contain harmful additives, chemicals, pesticides and man-made minerals, the early onset of dementia has risen.
Additionally, dementia is not exclusive to the senior citizen crowd. If you or some-one you know is displaying memory loss, uncharacteristic communication prob-lems, has developed visual perception issues and has a problem paying attention and focusing, talk to your doctor about a dementia checkup. Beginning treatment as early as possible is vitally important to reversing this condition when possible, and treating accordingly when that is the only option.
Dealing with Dementia – Organization and Routine Are Vital for Success
Some forms of dementia are treatable, but they cannot be reversed. Other types of dementia can be slowed or even reversed, as is the case with dementia caused by reactions to medicine or because of a thyroid imbalance. In every case, demen-tia is hallmarked by impaired cognitive function, memory loss, confusion and other similar brain-related issues.
This is why routine and organization are key components to helping you deal with dementia in yourself, or in a loved one.
The Importance of Routine and Repetition
Have you ever driven to work but could not remember the journey which took you from your home to your workplace? This is not as uncommon an experience as you may think. When you travel the same route, at the same time, for the same reason, repetition can create blinders. Drive to work the same way and at the same time for years and your brain recognizes this habit.
You don’t actually become blind to the driving experience, but it does begin to be-come automatic. In other words, your brain does not devote any thinking energy to the process. It knows what you will encounter along the way, and even if you are not thinking of the process, your brain, motor skills, nervous system and 5 senses work together to automatically get you from point A to point B without you having to devote much thought to what is going on.
This type of predictable routine can work wonders with dementia patients. De-mentia is a progressive disease. Even if it is treated and slowed, symptoms will worsen over time. Getting routines in place as early as possible in the process can take a load off of the brain, which is the principal target of dementia.Other Details
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