Alzheimer's disease is a form of senile dementia. Alzheimer's
is not normal human aging, although the risk of developing this
disease increases as people age.
Alzheimer's damages memory and communication skills. When people suffer
senile dementia, other people eventually have to care for them.
We help take care of the caretakers.
We assist the caretakers of people with incurable diseases, irreversible
symptoms and major traumatic injuries. We help them manage stress, their
relationships with disabled or dying people and their own mental health.
Much written here about Alzheimer's and senile dementia is
applicable to other serious health problems.
Symptoms of Senile Dementia and Alzheimer's
Both senile dementia and Alzheimer’s disease start gradually. People have
difficulty learning new information and remembering where they left things.
Later, they have trouble recollecting recent events and finding the
right words. As the disease progresses, people cannot remember what
day or month it is, or they may feel lost in their own neighborhood.
People with Alzheimer's may become irritable or withdrawn as they
struggle with ordinary tasks. Some will become paranoid or delusional
and unable to enjoy normal conversation. Some will lose the ability
to talk. Eventually, people with Alzheimer’s cannot manage their
basic life functions and need care. Family and friends suffer as they watch
Alzheimer’s disease slowly take away the minds of their loved ones.
Pain Control without Drugs
Senile dementia causes suffering for people with the disorder, and
for their friends and family. Symptoms of dementia usually start slowly
Caretaking demented people can stretch your sanity. The first symptom of
dementia is often a gradual decline of memory. As people get older, this
can evolve into more complex symptoms, some of which are:
- poor judgment
- repeats comments
- forgets recent events
- more irritable or upset
- cannot adapt to change
- difficulty handling money
- loses track of conversations
- little interest in hobbies or activities
- cannot understand complex concepts
Is dementia caused by low iron, zinc, or perhaps potassium? Blood
samples may give more information, although doctors we talked to could
only offer medications that may delay these symptoms.
Preventing Alzheimer's Disease
Two popular recommendations are to remove mercury amalgams
from teeth and avoid aluminum cookware.
Some people recommend eating fresh vegetables with high folic acid (folate),
which helps the body to break down an amino acid (homocysteine). People with
high homocysteine and people with low blood levels of folic acid are
at increased risk of heart and circulatory diseases. The American Heart
Association recommends folate from foods such as leafy green vegetables,
beans and orange juice instead of from commercial supplements, since
natural foods have many other beneficial nutrients.
Research shows that the chance of developing Alzheimer's were nearly
quadrupled in people who were less active between the ages of 20 and 60.
Alzheimer's may be connected with the number and severity of events
that people want to forget. People with many unpleasant memories (such
as traumatic stress or guilt-laden issues) may want to forget those
The symptoms of many illnesses and diseases seem to serve or fulfill
functions. They may provide unconscious benefits to people, or their
families, that outweighs the disadvantages. We don't hold this idea to
be true ... and we do try to identify any benefits. We have
plenty of experience that if the benefits are not needed - some disease
symptoms may considerably lessen.
Coaching People with Alzheimer's
People with active minds appear to delay the progress of Alzheimer's.
We encourage people to stay alert by providing interesting or exciting
stimuli, as a supplement to medical or therapeutic treatments.
We can also help people improve their memories.
If a person has difficulty speaking - perhaps set up "finger
signals" for "Yes", "No" and
"Don't know" etc, to assist communication.
Coaching for Caregivers
Caring for people with Alzheimer's can produce overwhelming
emotions, stress and anxiety to family members and close friends. We
can help caregivers monitor and control their own emotions, stress and
anxiety. This allows the caregivers to better cope and to reduce
the need for their own medications for
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