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5 Things to Know about Alzheimer’s and Proper Care Practices

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Alzheimer's Care TipsProviding care for somebody with Alzheimer’s is a matter of being determined, kind, compassionate, and having a strong foundation of understanding the various signs and symptoms of this disease. Here are five things that will be important for anyone to know about Alzheimer’s and how it can impact the care the senior receives.

  1. Alzheimer’s alters the brain.

When somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they will learn that this is an incurable disease, at this point in time. They will also begin to learn that as the disease progresses it will begin to destroy neurons, or brain cells.

It actually alters the way the brain functions. While it may seem frustrating for the caregiver witnessing a senior struggling with certain things or not remembering conversations they just had a few minutes ago, it’s not that they weren’t paying attention. It’s the result of the changes in their brain’s make up.

  1. Memory loss is the most significant symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Memory loss may be the most significant symptom, but it’s not the only one. There are many different things that can begin affecting a person’s daily life, making it difficult for him or her to support themselves in a healthy and safe manner.

It’s important for any person providing any type of Alzheimer’s care to learn as much as possible about this particular disease.

  1. Early support is best.

Even though the senior may have the ability to take care of himself at the moment, shortly after diagnosis, that doesn’t mean the topic of professional Alzheimer’s care shouldn’t come up. It should.

The earlier somebody begins receiving care and support, the better it’s going to be for them as the disease progresses.

  1. Understand Sundowners syndrome.

As the disease moves through the middle and later stages, Sundowners syndrome is going to be a potential problem that develops. This is usually associated with confusion and frustration during the evening hours.

By spreading out certain tasks and activities, such as taking a shower, getting ready for bed, eating dinner, and many other things throughout the day rather than compressing them into a few evening hours, this can help to deter some of those aggressive and frustrated outbursts.

  1. Anger and frustration can get the best of us.

If you are a family member planning to take care of a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you will come across anger and frustration, either in yourself or with the senior. This can negatively impact your relationship with that person and cause a great deal of stress.

That’s why it’s a good idea to consider a professional home care aide to at least help out throughout the week. An experienced caregiver may provide valuable information and insight into providing the best type of care.

For more information about how Alternative Home Health Care of Broward County, Inc. can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 954-622-0588

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Zachary Desmond

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care, Inc.
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability.His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.