Living with someone with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s-related changes in personality and behaviour cannot be stopped but taking care of a few small things and doing a few lifestyle changes can help the caregivers to cope-up with the changes. 1)   Keep conversation simple and say one thing at a time. 2)   Avoid arguments with the person. 3)   Do not show anger or frustration with the person. 4)   Make them develop the habit of carrying mobiles with them and feed the important numbers on the speed dial so that they can call you at the time of emergency. 5)   Always keep the keys, wallets, phones and other valuables at a fixed place to avoid the hassle of losing and searching for them. 6)   Fix up a daily routine 7)   Try involving the person into different activities such as singing, dancing, etc 8)  Include activities such as a daily walk in the schedule which can help improve their mood and maintain the health of joints, muscles and the heart. 9) Ensure their shoes and slippers are comfortable and provide good traction 10)  Make sure the medications are taken as prescribed 11)  People with Alzheimer’s may forget to eat, lose interest in preparing meals or not eat a healthy combination of foods. Plan their diet chart properly to ensure a balanced diet. 12)  Reassure the person that he/she is safe with you and you are there to help Talk to our experts about problems like aggression, depression or hallucinations. For booking, appointment call us today!!! If you have further questions then please contact us...

Quick facts about Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disease of the brain where brain cells are progressively damaged and are lost leading to impaired memory, thinking and behaviour. It is a progressive disease which gradually increases over a period of time leading to increased symptoms. 3 in 10 people above 85 are at the risk of developing Alzheimer. It is the most common form of dementia affecting up to 70% of all people with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is of two types: sporadic or familial. Sporadic is the most common form of Alzheimer’s disease; it can affect adults at any age, but usually, occurs after 65. Familial Alzheimer’s disease is a rare genetic condition caused by a mutation in one of the several genes. Symptoms Persistent and frequent memory difficulties, especially of recent events. Vagueness in everyday conversation. Apparent loss of enthusiasm for previously enjoyed activities. Taking longer to do routine tasks. Forgetting well-known people or places. Inability to process questions and instructions. Deterioration of social skills. Emotional unpredictability. Diagnosis A thorough physical and neurological examination. A test of intellectual function. Psychiatric assessment. Neuropsychological tests. Blood and urine tests. Lumbar puncture for cerebral spinal fluid tests. Medical imaging (MRI, PET). Treatment At present, there is no complete cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but there is a lot that can be done to enable someone to live well with the condition. This includes both drug and non-drug therapy (supportive and palliative treatment). In some cases of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, cholinergic drugs are prescribed for improvement in cognition. Drugs are available to help alleviate restlessness, depression or to help the person with dementia sleep...