Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care
In the home care business, we understand the importance of proper Alzheimer’s care. The threat cognitive impairment has on the ability of our clients to perform daily activities and to continue to live independently. Many clients come into home care because of functional and mental limitations directly or indirectly related to memory loss. If we are to facilitate greater independence, for as long as possible, it becomes important to focus on the underlying modifiable factors associated with the risk of dementia and its progression.
Care Plans that Support Brain Health
Given the number of individuals who choose to live at home, and the pervasive underlying symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, it becomes important to adapt our care planning in support of brain health. We begin with adopting a set of research-based validated protocols that will address modiﬁable factors associated with the risk of dementia and its progression and the challenges. Seamlessly integrating such protocols may enable clients to remain functioning as independently as possible, for as long as possible.
Reducing One’s Risk for Alzheimer’s
Science and research are advancing rapidly, and there is a lot we know today about reducing ones risk for Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias and how to improve brain health. The question often asked is “why we are at risk and is there anything we can do about it?” The answer is yes, there is a lot we can do!
Ninety six percent of Alzheimer’s patients are over the age of 65, thus age is the most prevalent risk factor. Alzheimer’s disease is commonly under-diagnosed. As a consequence, up to half of individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s symptoms are unaware that they have Alzheimer’s.2
We know there are certain medical conditions that can compromise the integrity of the brain, and other conditions that are reversible. Atrial ﬁbrillation, hypertension and diabetes are a few of the chronic conditions placing individuals at risk. Adverse drug effects, hypothyroidism and nutritional deﬁciencies are known to be associated with reversing symptoms of dementia.
The lifestyle choices we make on a daily basis inﬂuence our personal risk for Alzheimer’s disease and that by choosing certain paths over others, we can reduce our risk dramatically.
At Youthful Aging Home Health, we are dedicated to improving brain health and addressing the many challenges of those with and without significant memory loss, and their caregivers. We integrate the basics of brain health into the care planning with each client. Our clients choose to participate at their level of comfort. Regardless of their age, functional or cognitive impairment or limitations, all clients beneﬁt from some amount of exercise, better nutrition and mental stimulation.