Understanding the Difference – Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease of the brain. It is the leading cause of dementia, which is a term for a group of symptoms including memory loss, impaired judgment, loss of language, and reduced motor skills. There is currently no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
When our brains age, it may become tougher to remember things that you easily used to remember. To prevent this, there are many different things you can do to both strengthen your memory and improve your time management skills. Check out our previous post that focused on improving your mental health from a couple of weeks ago for some tips on how to keep your memory sharp. This week’s post focuses on time management and what you can do to improve it while bettering yourself.
There are many new advancements in the medical field every single day. Many of these advancements are extremely surprising to a lot of people. It can be quite exciting when someone finds a possible treatment that is not only effective, but also easy to obtain and relatively cheap. That is exactly what happened to Dr. Mary Newport and her husband, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
You might want to start rethinking about hitting that all-night sleep. Studies are suggesting that the lack of sleep and sleep disturbances leads to Alzheimer’s disease.
According to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the chemical changes in brain cells caused by lack of sleep (resulting into a jet lag-like effect) contributes to learning and memory loss. Though some may consider their sleep disturbances as something normal, older adults experience this more frequently. These becomes more severe when Alzheimer’s disease is apparent.
Sleep problems that commonly affect people with Alzheimer’s are:
Fact – Many associate Alzheimer’s disease with old age. Although this debilitating condition can also affect younger individuals, it is still widely known to involve mostly senior citizens. And with the disorder comes a demanding set of care and attention that must strictly be followed so as to counter the symptoms, needless to say slow down degenerative loss. This is why specialized Alzheimer care with the help of trained caregivers is a must for these kinds of patients.
Not everyone is lucky enough to go through life without suffering from symptoms of memory loss, severe dementia and the worse – Alzheimer’s disease. And sad to say, most families are ill-equipped with the knowledge and skills on how to manage loved ones suffering from this condition. Having one around will really put a toll on everyone. The patient will easily be exposed to environmental hazards as he may forget how to drive, use certain household utensils and do simple activities of daily living. Emotional stress also goes hand in hand as the patient will have the tendency to forget important life events and even the identity of some close family members. It’s really a case that a normal family couldn’t handle. Especially when the time comes when the disease has already progressed, it will almost be impossible to leave him unsupervised at home.
The best option is to admit the Alzheimer’s patient for specialized senior care services. Of course the cost will not be cheap. But still, planning ahead is the most sensible thing to do most especially during the early stage of the disease. With the help of trained Alzheimer’s caregivers, you’re loved one will get quality care and services. All medical and nutritional needs will also be addressed without burdening everyone else in the family. Compliance of medications can easily be monitored as well. And from your end, you and your family will have to continue doing your regular visits to assure him that he is loved and cared for.