Treatment And Care For Alzheimers Patients
Numerous discoveries and advances have been made during several decades of medical research into the causes and treatment of Alzheimers disease. Despite this progress, to date there remains no known cure or prevention for Alzheimers. Moreovever, once the disease has started, there is no repairing or slowing of the damage from abnormal deposits of proteins in the brain.
Alzheimers is characterised by abnormal deposits of protein in the brain tissue. These proteins coat the brain and interact with the neurons, neurotransmitters and nerves, causing damage and widescale atrophy. Progressively, the brain shrinks and it's otherwise wrinkled surface becomes smooth. This atrophy and shrinkage causes degeneration in both mind and body of the victim.
Some drugs and treatments have been developed which seem to partially relieve symptomatic conditions in some cases. The Alzheimer treatments and medications are are most effective and relevant during the onset and early stages of the illness when the sufferer will still be aware of what they are going through.
For instance, a patient with early stage Alzheimers may suffer from depression or restlessness for which Alzheimer drugs and treatments may afford some relief. Also, there have been some cases where memory loss at the beginning of dementia can still be helped. Other possible symptoms that can be reduced are sleep disorders and hallucinations.
Beyond these early stage palliatives, treatment and care for Alzheimer patients becomes progressively more demanding as the condition progresses. Ultimately the specialized skills and continuous attention needed are best administerd by professional caregivers. This normally implies that the patient will eventually transfer to a specialist residential care institution.
Usually,the family and loved ones of the Alzheimers patient will want to administer care personally for as long as practicable. Respite arrangements and visiting caregiver assistance can prolong their ability to cope. Both family and professional caregivers must take care to preserve patient dignity throughout the course of this debilitating and demoralizing disease.
Despite the present limitations in Alzheimers treatment available, hope should never be abandoned. Alzheimer's dosease is a social and economic time-bomb unfolding as life expectancy inexorably increases under the onslaught of medical advance. In recognition of this, public and private institutions are now devoting major resources to Alzheimer's research. We can expect continued advances in knowledge, diagnosis, treatment and perhaps even prevention.
In the meantime, if you or someone you know and care about suffers from Alzheimers, do seek advice about the options for eventual institutional care; also to identify support groups or counseling advice for both patient and for their family and friends.
It is not uncommon for there to be some misconceptions and even some difficulty in accepting the situation of this disease - both on the part of the patient - and by others in their life. In such cases, appropriate counseling and guidance is an essential component of the overall Alzheimer treatment plan.
Further ReadingAlzheimer 101
Alzheimer's Care Facility
Alzheimer's Disease And Its Symptoms
Alzheimer's History And Outlook
Alzheimer's Patient Treatment And Care
Alzheimer's, Not Just An Old Man's Disease
Alzheimers And Dementia
Cause Of Alzheimer's Disease
Drugs As A Treatment For Alzheimers
Drugs To Fight Alzheimer's
Finding Caregivers For Alzheimers
Finding Out Early On About Alzheimers
Keeping People With Alzheimer's Busy
Living With Alzheimer's Disease
Preventing Alzheimer's Disease
Stages Of Alzheimer's
Symptoms Of Alzheimer's
Tell Tale Signs Of Alzheimer's
Understanding Alzheimers Better
What Exactly Is Alzheimer's?
What To Look Out For In Alzheimer's
Who Are You? Alzheimer's Symptoms