HealthNow has many years of experience in dealing with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. We can help patients and their families deal with these diseases and provide the best possible care. We can tailor programs to:
Dementia is a set of symptoms that include the loss of mental faculties and decreased cognitive function. Alzheimer’s is the most common form, affecting the memory, behavior and thinking patterns of 5.4 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Alzheimer’s usually begins in patients over 60 years old, with those who develop the symptoms at a younger age classified as having early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Dementia is a term used to describe a wide array of symptoms involving cognitive decline, not a specific disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common, accounting for 60-80% of cases, followed by vascular dementia, which is a kind of memory loss that can develop after a stroke. Memory problems can be normal in seniors and not all of them are necessarily attributed to dementia. Dementia is typically diagnosed if a patient has two problems with two or more of the following; memory, communication, language, ability to pay attention, reasoning, judgment and visual perception.
Dementia is degenerative and progressive, worsening cognitive function over time. The causes of Alzheimer’s are not entirely clear, however some types have genetic factors. Researchers believe that the buildup of plaque in the brain could be one of the causes.
The early stages of dementia can include problems like misplacing items, getting lost on familiar routes and struggling with thinking tasks that used to be simple. There can also be changes in personality and loss of interest in hobbies. These symptoms worsen over time to the point that everyday tasks such as dressing, reading, writing, preparing meals and bathing become difficult. It can then progress to forgetting who they and who their loved ones are, as well as forgetting details of current and life events. If the disease progresses far enough, they may lose their ability to comprehend language and be unable to do any basic tasks.
Despite the best efforts of researchers, there is still no cure for Alzheimer’s. Medication can be prescribed to treat some of the symptoms, such as memory loss, sleep problems and behavioral problems including aggression. Many dementia patients get to the point where they need a fulltime caregiver, a role that can be stressful for a family member to take on. HealthNow Healthcare can help you look after the patient and make sure they have the best care available through our skilled nursing and therapy services, but we presently do not offer caregiving services.