Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Alzheimers Treatment

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that is, as of yet, incurable; however, seniors who suffer from this condition have several treatment options available to them. By understanding the severity of your elderly loved one’s case, and talking to their doctor about the latest treatment plans, you may be able to ease your loved one’s symptoms and improve their quality of life through the right treatment options.

Mark, from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has been taking care of his grandmother for five years. After her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, Mark knew that he would need to be an advocate for his grandmother in order to get her the best in treatment and care options. With the help of dementia care professionals, Mark has assisted in creating a secure, positive living environment for his grandmother.

The first step in choosing the right treatment option is to open up the lines of communication with your elderly loved one’s doctor. Every Alzheimer’s case is different, meaning that the treatment options available to your senior may be different than those available to other patients.
Once the doctor has outlined the options available to your elderly loved one, it is important to understand what each of them entails. Ask any questions you may have about these options and, if you like, your senior’s doctor should be able to provide you with literature and other resources regarding these care plans. 

At their most basic, the options available to Alzheimer’s patients are meant to manage their symptoms and slow the disease, which is progressive in nature. Medication and treatment for memory loss, behavioral changes, and sleep disturbances are commonly used to improve the quality of life for Alzheimer’s disease patients. Mark’s grandmother has responded well to these medications and has, as a result, been able to maintain a normal sleeping schedule.

If these options do not work, or do not suit the needs of your loved one, there are also a number of clinical trials available at any given time. Although risky, these trials are designed to develop new treatment methods and improve the primary treatment options available to Alzheimer’s patients.
Mark knows that choosing the best treatment can be difficult; however, with the assistance of your senior’s doctor and the right information, you can choose the treatment that best fits your loved one’s needs.

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