Alzheimer’s Disease in Valencia
Alzheimer’s Disease also called: senile dementia
A progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. Brain cell connections and the cells themselves degenerate and die, eventually destroying memory and other important mental functions. Memory loss and confusion are the main symptoms. No cure exists, but medications and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms.
People may experience:
Cognitive: mental decline, difficulty thinking and understanding, confusion in the evening hours, delusion, disorientation, forgetfulness, making things up, mental confusion, difficulty concentrating, inability to create new memories, inability to do simple math, or inability to recognize common things
Behavioral: aggression, agitation, difficulty with self care, irritability, meaningless repetition of own words, personality changes, restlessness, lack of restraint, or wandering and getting lost
Mood: anger, apathy, general discontent, loneliness, or mood swings
Psychological: depression, hallucination, or paranoia
Also common: inability to combine muscle movements, jumbled speech, or loss of appetite
Treatment consists of cognition enhancing medications. No cure exists, but medications and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms.
What are Alzheimer’s Disease rehabilitation programs?
The rehabilitation program for people with Alzheimer’s differs depending on the symptoms, expression, and progression of the disease, and the fact that making a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is so difficult. These variables determine the amount and type of assistance needed for the Alzheimer’s individual and family.
With Alzheimer’s rehabilitation, it is important to remember that, although any skills lost will not be regained, the caregiving team must keep in mind the following considerations:
- To manage the disease, plan a balanced program of physical exercise, social activity, proper nutrition, and health maintenance activities.
- Plan daily activities that help to provide structure, meaning, and accomplishment for the individual.
- As functions are lost, adapt activities and routines to allow the individual to participate as much as possible.
- Keep activities familiar and satisfying.
- Allow the individual to complete as many things by himself or herself as possible. The caregiver may need to initiate an activity, but allow the individual to complete it as much as he or she can.
- Provide “cues” for desired behavior (for example, label drawers, cabinets, and closets according to their contents).
- Keep the individual out of harm’s way by removing all safety risks (for example, car keys and matches).
- As a caregiver (full-time or part-time), understand your own physical and emotional limitations.
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