Early Stage Alzheimer's
People with early-onset Alzheimer's have trouble remembering names when meeting new people and may have trouble performing at work or trouble interacting with others in social settings. Early state Alzheimer’s can also bring on bouts of anger and frustration when the person is confused during daily conversations.
Middle Stage Alzheimer’s
Middle Stage Alzheimer’s may include forgetting important events or one's past. Changing in one's sleep schedule or needing help getting dressed coincides with the middle stages of Alzheimers. Wandering away from where the person with Alzheimer's lives or works can also be a symptom of middle stage Alzheimer’s. Some individuals in this stage have trouble controlling bladder and bowels. They may also become suspicious and delusional during the middle stage of Alzheimers.
Late Stage Alzheimer’s
Late stage Alzheimer’s may require 24-hour assistance and the person need help with personal care and activities. Reduced mobility such as losing the ability to walk or sit are symptoms of late stage Alzheimer's. Becoming susceptible to pneumonia and other infections is common with those who have late stage Alzheimer’s. Individuals with late stage Alzheimer's have trouble communicating the type of pain they are feeling. The person also can lose touch and awareness with their surroundings.
Alzheimer's patients can become upset very easily. Anxiety can also be triggered in Alzheimer's patients. Medical teams have not found a cure for Alzheimer's, but some treatments can help make the disease easier to live with. Alzheimer's can affect getting sleep at night for both the patient and the caregiver because the patient is restless and the caregiver will have more responsibility and lose valuable sleep. Also, daily activities may be hard to accomplish for the Alzheimer's patient. When an Alzheimer's patient experiences change, they can also become agitated.
Treatment of Alzheimer's for Caregivers and/or Alzheimer's Patients
An example of Alzheimer's Care could be creating an organizing and relaxing place for the patient. Having a daily list of things that need to get done, such as bathing, taking medication on time, and a specific time for meals will help to calm the Alzheimer's patient. Doing things like cutting on the radio to their favorite radio station or looking at a photo album that has been organized for the patient can also be a part of Alzheimer's Care. These tasks can promote a patient's mental wellness.
Knowing what foods are best for the Alzheimer's patient will help the patient to have a well-balanced diet You can use the MIND diet, also known as Mediterranean-Dash Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, is a good diet to start implementing certain foods into the patient's diet. Eating brain foods like green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains, berries, fish, chicken, and turkey will help. Reducing the intake of foods like cheese, red meats, and fried foods will be beneficial as well.
One study showed that people who followed the MIND diet and used it consistently lowered their risk of having Alzheimer's by 54%. Do your best to have the patient use the MIND diet and don't forget to cut out things that the patient may be allergic to. Even if you don't stick to the MIND diet perfectly, you may still see significant results. A nightly cup of decaffeinated tea can also become a nightly routine that the patient can enjoy.
Alzheimer's Care can also include activities such as walking and light chair exercises. This can help the patient feel more at ease and help with mental wellness. Looking at and smelling flowers may spark the patient's memory of past events that were good. Going to the park and looking at animals and feeding birds will help to get the patient's mind off of negative thoughts and provide mental wellness to the patient. Having the patient take a ride with you in your car on a beautiful day also helps the patient to develop pleasant thoughts.
There are Alzheimer's support groups available. Also, Alzheimer's Association has a 24/7 helpline that you can call. The helpline helps individuals understand symptoms and medications. In addition to helping with symptoms, the helpline assists individuals with financial, residential, legal situations and more. There is an Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiver Center as well.
Using these treatments for Alzheimer's Care over time may help you to see a significant difference in the patients mental wellness. If these treatment options do not work, you may want to let the patient's doctor know. The doctor may be able to describe medications that help the patient deal with confusion, depression, paranoia, and anxiety.
So, there are various treatment options that can be implemented to help put an Alzheimer's patient at ease. Knowing what stage of Alzheimer's the patient is in can help you to best plan their treatment options. Caregivers have an important role in the treatment process. Caregivers provide support, love and care to Alzheimer's patients. One can also honor a caregiver. As a Caregiver or an Alzheimer's patient, you do not have to feel helpless because help is available.