TLC HomeCare Services fully understands the effect that dementia and Alzheimers can have on clients and their families. Therefore, we can provide the support and caregivers needed who understand how to deal with the signs and symptoms of this progressive disease.
ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE is the most common cause of dementia in the elderly. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer's Disease; however, medications can slow the process. It usually occurs after age 65 and is not a normal part of aging. We don't know how you get Alzheimer's, but family history can predispose you to the disease. Alzheimer's statistics show that 1 in 3 seniors over 85 years of age have the disease. The medical community has become better at identifying and diagnosing Alzheimer's. There are three primary stages of this disease: early, middle and late. A person can go back and forth between the stages as the disease progresses; however, the late-stage can happen quickly, and the patient can decline rapidly. Alzheimer's disease damages the part of the brain that controls response to communication. The amount and type of damage may vary from person to person. A Geriatric Neurologist or your Physician will make this diagnosis.
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10 Warning Signs
The Alzheimer's Association tells us that Alzheimer's is a fatal brain disease that progresses over time and causes thinking and reasoning skills changes. These ten warning signs, one or two of which may occasionally happen in healthy seniors, cause concern when they start to become the norm. If you notice any of these signs in yourself or your loved one, please see your doctor.
1. Memory Changes That Disrupt Daily Life
2. Challenges In Planning Or Solving Problems
3. Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks At Home, At Work Or At Leisure
4. Confusion With Time Or Place
5. Trouble Understanding Visual Images And Spatial Relationships
6. New Problems With Words In Speaking Or Writing
7. Misplacing Things And Losing The Ability To Retrace Steps
8. Decreased Or Poor Judgement
9. Withdrawal From Work Or Social Activities
10. 10.Changes In Mood And Personality
For More Information On This Disease Please Visit www.alz.org.
Caring for someone with
Here are a few simple rules adapted from The Alzheimer Family Care Guide for family members dealing with known or suspected Alzheimer's or dementia.
The behavior of an Alzheimer's patient is the opposite of normal aging (infant to elderly).
1. Never try to reason with them. Verbal skills are lost first, while written skills tend to remain longer.
2. They may repeatedly ask something. Be patient. Keep repeating the answer. Speak slowly, simplybe calm and reassuring.
3. Don't shout or yell at them.
4. Don't demand or give commands.
5. Please do not argue with them; you can't convince them to see it your way.
6. They are frightened; they cannot reason.
7. Reassure them constantly and walk away if you become frustrated.
8. Don't startle them. Approach from the front and make eye contact. This action conveys trust and honesty to them.
9. Talk to them on their level, bending down to them.
10. Touch them gently to continue reassuring them.
11. They will mirror your behavior and mood.
12. If they see something or talk about someone coming to see them, you know it is not fact, VALIDATE what they are saying. Go along with it, whatever it is. Then try and change the subject and redirect to an activity instead. Most times, they will forget about it anyway.
13. Break down things into simple steps
14. Finally, do not treat them like children.
The National Institutes of Health has an Internet site (www.nihseniorhealth.gov) that, among other helpful information, has a downloadable booklet, "Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's." Anyone caring for a senior should read this information and use it as a resource, whether Alzheimer's Disease or dementia is present or just suspected.
One principal area discussed in this information is knowing when the right time has come for the family to turn to outside help. Alzheimer's is a stress-inducing disease for the family's caregiver or caregivers, one that grows more difficult to manage as it progresses.
If you provide home care for a family member who has Alzheimer's or whom you think may be showing signs of the disease, please contact your physician for a professional assessment. TLC HomeCare Services will be glad to assist you in determining your family's course for in-home care. We have caregivers trained explicitly in managing Alzheimer's and dementia patients and can provide care as little as 3 hours at a time, up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Alzheimer's Disease Treatments
Treatment consists of immunosuppressants
Physical therapy and medications that suppress the immune system can help with symptoms and slow disease progression.
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Multiple Sclerosis causes many different symptoms, including vision loss, pain, fatigue, and impaired coordination. The symptoms, severity, and duration can vary from person to person. Some people may be symptom-free most of their lives, while others can have severe chronic symptoms that never go away.
Multiple Sclerosis affects women up to four times as often as men; it is an unpredictable, disabling disease of the central nervous system with symptoms ranging from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. M.S. is not contagious,
directly inherited, or permanently severely disabling. Being diagnosed with M.S. is not a reason to stop working, stop doing things you enjoy, or give up hope of having children. M.S. symptoms vary between individuals, and fatigue is a common symptom. One woman commented that living with M.S. was like walking underwater with a fur coat on.
TLC HomeCare Services has partnered with the National MS Society of the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter to provide home care services to those living with M.S. in South Jersey. We can help a little, or we can help a lot. We can prepare meals, throw in a load of laundry or provide transportation to doctor appointments. Our caregivers are knowledgeable about this disease and understand its toll on one's body and mind. Let us help you with your activities of daily living or be there to give you encouragement and support.
If you or someone you know has M.S., please call TLC TODAY to receive a helping hand. We are part of the sisterhood that believes we can make a difference! The MS Society has a multitude of resources that can significantly lighten your load and help on a financial level as well. If qualified, one can receive up to 80 hours of "free" homecare provided by TLC HomeCare Services in Moorestown, New Jersey.
Please call us at (856) 234-8700 for more information.
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