The type of dementia where memory loss and behavioral changes are noticed is known as Alzheimer’s. Which gradually destroys the ability of daily physical activity.
It is a neurological disorder, in which memory loss of the person occurs due to the death of brain cells. It is more common after the sixties. 1 in 9 people are diagnosed
Alzheimer’s can be caused by an abnormal build of protein in and around the brain.
There are two types of proteins: Amyloid and Tau.
Amyloid deposits around brain cells forms plaque. And tau is another protein that forms tangles within brain cells.
Due to affected brain cells, there is a decrease in neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) in sending messages or signals.
Gradually different areas of the brain shrink. And the area which was affected first was associated with memory loss.
What are the symptoms?
Memory loss is the main symptom of Alzheimer’s. But along with that difficulty in remembering words, finding difficulty in managing daily activities, like cooking, driving are symptoms of it.
As the disease progresses, they might become violent.
History of the symptoms noticed by family members is very useful for the diagnosis.
Neurological examination by a doctor is very helpful to find out reflexes, muscle tones, hearing, and smell sensation, and coordination.
Blood investigation will help to find any other diseases or deficiencies.
CT scan and MRI of the brain helps to find out brain shrinkage due to disease activity.
Cholinesterase inhibitors help in preserving chemical messengers which are depleted in the brain due to disease activity.
Memantine works with the brain cells and slows the progression of symptoms.
Supporting people with Alzheimer’s
Living with Alzheimer’s is not easy, but we can make it comfortable for people suffering from it by using some safety measures.
- Create one card with the name of a person, address, and emergency contact number and keep this card in their pocket.
- Always keep mobile with them with GPS on.
- Always keep the contact number of close relatives at the top of the dial list.
- Keep things in one place, which they use regularly. So, they find it easy and there is no need to search for it.
- Keep the medicine in a separate container, as per time, to avoid the chances of consuming a double dose.
- Stick a note on the kitchen for switching off the gas. Keep notes near the door to switch the buttons.
- Keep payment methods on auto-debit to avoid confusion.
- Insist them to use comfortable shoes or footwear while they are at home and while going out too.
- Don’t keep broken furniture in the house.
- Keep floor clutter and liter free
- Always keep attendants with them, to avoid any complications.
- Arrange for handrails in the bathroom and toilet for their support.
How do we at Higher Height care help Alzheimer’s patients?
We believe every human needs equal love, care, and affection irrespective of his/her age. The love and care is required by children, the same amount of love and care, in fact, more amount required during old age.
Communication – The main thing Alzheimer’s patients want is communication and 24X7 attendance.
Continuing talking with them helps in memorizing things. Keep their brain active and helps to gain more blood supply. Our attendance accompanies them 24X7, sharing different stories and views with them.
Games – Plays different memory games with them to keep them and their brain active.
Hygiene – Personal hygiene is a must for everyone. Our trained attendant maintains their personal hygiene. If they are bed bound attendants do it by themselves or they are mobile our attendants try to involve them and make it possible for them.
Medicine – We help them to take medicine on time. As medicine will help to control the disease activity of Alzheimer’s as well as other concomitant diseases.
Exercise – Exercise is important to keep them healthy. Keep their joints pain-free. Our attendants will motivate them to exercise as well as help them to do exercise. Go with them for a walk.
We at Higher Height Care help you to live a normal life. For instance, Live-in care provides round-the-clock support for people who need help to live independently.
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