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Some degree of memory loss plus a decreasing ability to focus on complex tasks is a normal part of aging. On the other hand, dementia, or an obvious decline in a person’s mental abilities, is not a normal part of aging. Reversible dementias include those caused by pharmaceuticals, malnutrition, infections and metabolic or endocrine disorders. Irreversible dementias are associated with other diseases such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a cortical dementia which is progressive and manifests as a gradual decline in many aspects of mental activity and daily functioning. Delirium, a more rapid cognitive impairment manifests with hallucinations or illusions and confusion. Generally, delirium is secondary to a treatable medical condition. Delirium can appear in a person with dementia.
Alzheimer’s Disease was first described by psychiatrist Dr. Alois Alzheimer in 1906. It was a disease known to affect the elderly but as life expectance was only about 47 years, it was seldom seen. Nowadays, as people live longer, this crippling disorder is more common. One in five people between the ages of 75 and 84, about 4 million people are afflicted with this disease. As society continues to age, that number is expected to increase to about 6 million by the end of this decade.
Alzheimer’s Disease, an abnormal part of aging, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by loss of cognitive function and the death of nerve cells throughout the brain. The disease eventually causes confusion and changes in personality and/or behavior. Communication and independence in daily living become more difficult as a person struggles to find words, finish thoughts or follow direction. Exciting interventions into this disease include earlier diagnosis, medical treatment and environmental modification. Consequently, people with this disease experience less anxiety and are able to lead a fuller life.
progression of AD is unique to each individual; there are no hard
and fast rules about its management. The Hands 2 Help team has a unique
solution orientated interest in home care for people with this disease.
Nursing home placement may still become a reality but the respite
provided by Hands 2 Help, LLC caregivers trained
in dementia management may postpone that difficult decision.
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