Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease Care Services
At Home Health Solutions Group, we understand the struggles families face when caring for an elder, older
adult or senior with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, and we are here to help. Our caregivers receive special training to care
for elders, older adults and seniors with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and we are trained and dedicates in
providing the highest quality care to support families during this difficult time.
You are not alone. We can help care for your loved one at home, giving you the support you need. The words Alzheimer's and dementia are often used interchangeably. Dementia is a syndrome and Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia.
Dementia is not a specific disease. Instead, dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. When someone is told they have Alzheimer's or dementia, it means they have significant memory problems as well as other cognitive and behavioral issues.
Alzheimer’s disease causes most of the time dementia.
Contrary to what some people may think, dementia is not a less severe problem, with Alzheimer's disease being a more severe problem.
There is great confusion about the difference between Alzheimer's and Dementia.
Briefly, dementia is a syndrome, and Alzheimer's is the cause of the symptom. The Difference between Alzheimer's and Dementia A good analogy to the term dementia is "fever" .
Fever refers to an elevated temperature, indicating that a person is sick. However, it does not give any information about what is causing the sickness.
In the same way, dementia means that there is something wrong with a person’s brain, but it does not provide any information about what is causing the memory or cognitive difficulties.
In many parts of the world, the words Alzheimer's and dementia are used nterchangeably.
Dementia is not a disease - it is the clinical presentation or symptoms of a disease.
Confusion on the part of Family and Friends
The confusion is felt on the part of clients, family members, the media, and even health care providers.
“Dementia” is a term that has replaced a more out-of-date word, “senility,” to refer to cognitive changes with advanced age.
Dementia includes a group of symptoms, the most prominent of which is memory difficulty with additional problems in at least one other area of cognitive functioning, including language, attention, problem solving, spatial skills, judgment, planning, or organization.
These cognitive problems are a noticeable change compared to the person’s cognitive functioning earlier in life and are severe enough to get in the way of normal daily living, such as social and occupational activities
Contrary to what some people may think, dementia is not a less severe problem, with AD being a more severe problem.
There is not a continuum with dementia on one side and AD at the extreme. Rather, there can be early or mild stages of AD, which then progress to moderate and severe stages of the disease.
One reason for the confusion about dementia and AD is that it is not possible to diagnose AD with 100% accuracy while someone is alive. Rather, AD can only truly be diagnosed after death, upon autopsy when a specialized doctor referred to as a neuropathologist carefully examines the brain tissue.
During life, a patient can be diagnosed with “probable AD.” This term is used by doctors and researchers to indicate that, based on the person’s symptoms, the course of the symptoms, and the results of various tests, it is very likely that the person will show pathological features of AD when the brain tissue is examined following death.
Dementia can sound scary when it’s part of your aging loved one’s diagnosis, but with the proper care, people with mild forms
of dementia can still maintain a good quality of life. Even if the dementia progresses, with some adjustments, your loved one can continue to live at home near friends and family.
Dementia is a medical term applied to a noticeable mental decline that causes disruption to daily life. Some symptoms of dementia include:
- Memory Loss
- Serious Lapses in Reasoning Skills
- Significant Language Impairment
- Inaccurate Intepretation of Visual Cases
- Inability to Pay Attention
A general decline in mental functioning and abilities is a natural part of aging. If you see signs of significant impairment in the areas listed above, dementia could be present. Depending on any underlying physical health issues that might trigger dementia, it may improve with time and treatment. The progression of dementia could also be slowed in many cases.
Treatment for Dementia
Although there is no cure, there are a few options for dementia care. South Florida has a concentration of geriatric medical specialties because of the aging population in that region. A medical specialist in your area may prescribe medication to treat the symptoms of dementia. Memory loss, aggressive behavior and sleep issues can usually be controlled with medication
Clients with dementia, however, need assistance to get through their daily activities. Remembering to take their medication is one of the most important aspects of their care. If you cannot stay with your loved one all day, every day, some assistance will be required.
Treatment for Alzheimer's
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s yet, but there are medications and activities that might slow the progression of the disease. There are typically bouts of
unusually aggressive behavior associated with Alzheimer’s that can be controlled with medication. This behavior might be a result of increased anxiety, which can also be relieved with medication.
Once it sets in, Alzheimer’s can advance rapidly or slowly depending on the individual case. The mind tends to deteriorate faster than the body in most cases, which leaves older adults with Alzheimer’s in a rather child-like state. Some may require help with basic functions like eating and dressing themselves.
A Difference in Dementia and Alzheimer’s Treatment
Remaining in their home is one way dementia clients can ease their anxiety. Being in a familiar setting can help your loved ones remain independent
longer than if they move to a strange place where they have to learn a new routine. In their own home, your loved ones are comfortable with their surroundings.
They know where everything is and how to get around.
Home Health Solutions Group provides a range of services to meet clients’ needs and continue to take care of them as their dementia progresses. With Home Health Solutions Group, your loved ones can stay in their own home and get the care they need to remain as independent as possible. We help you rest easier knowing your loved one is taken care of, even when you cannot be with them.
Dementia Care with Home Health Solutions Group can include assistance with cooking, housekeeping, laundry and more. Our qualified caregivers provide assistance to seniors with all of their activities of Daily Living and their visits provide companionship to seniors living alone. Our caregivers also provide transportation to medical appointments when needed and accompany our clients to these appointments.
If your loved one is in need of Alzheimer’s care anywhere in the South Florida area, Home Health Solutions Group can provide more advanced care right in their home.
We can help with bathing, toileting, dressing and other personal care needs. Our skilled nursing staff also manage medications,
handle wound care, perform physical therapy and draw blood when needed.
With Home Health Solutions Group, your loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s can remain in their homes where you’re used to visiting them.
You will know they are well cared for when you cannot be there and their quality of life will be optimal for the rest of their days.
Basics of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to
interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.
Alzheimer's worsens over time. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer's, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer's live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions.
Alzheimer's has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer's treatments cannot stop Alzheimer's from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language. These symptoms occur when certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, damage the brain. This page describes the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, how it is diagnosed, and the factors that can put someone at risk of developing it. It also describes the treatments and support that are currently available.
Alzheimer's disease, named after the doctor who first described it (Aloes Alzheimer), is a physical disease that affects the brain. There are more than 520,000 people in the UK with Alzheimer's disease. During the course of the disease, proteins build up in the brain to form structures called 'plaques' and 'tangles'. This leads to the loss of connections between nerve cells, and eventually to the death of nerve cells and loss of brain tissue. People with Alzheimer's also have a shortage of some important chemicals in their brain. These chemical messengers help to transmit signals around the brain. When there is a shortage of them, the signals are not transmitted as effectively. As discussed below, current treatments for Alzheimer's disease can help boost the levels of chemical messengers in the brain, which can help with some of the symptoms.
Alzheimer's is a progressive disease. This means that gradually, over time, more parts of the brain are damaged. As this happens, more symptoms develop. They also become more severe.
At Home Health Solutions Group, we understand the struggles families face when caring for an elder, older adult or senior with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, and we are here to help. Our caregivers receive special training to care for elders, older adults and seniors with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and we are trained and dedicates in providing the highest quality care to support families during this difficult time. We understand Alzheimer's disease, its symptoms, how it affects behavior, and that it progresses at different rates for different elder, older adults and seniors. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or a related dementia, you are not alone. The Alzheimer's Association is the trusted resource for reliable information, education, referral and support to millions of people affected by the disease.
We understand what families are going through and we are here to help. Contact your representative at Home Health Solutions Group
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