Understanding an Alzheimer’s or Dementia Diagnosis
If your loved one has recently been given a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, it’s normal to be worried about what comes next. But learning about and understanding how the disease works helps many families feel prepared and better able to make decisions about care.
Dementia is a broad diagnosis for conditions that present as a deteriorating intellectual capacity, and it’s crucial to offer specialized Dementia support. There are many different forms of the disease, just as there are many different forms of cancer. The most often seen forms of Dementia are Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Frontal Lobe Dementia, and Lewy Body Dementia.
Alzheimer’s is the most common type of Dementia, affecting a person’s memory, thinking, and behavior. The majority of Alzheimer’s diagnoses are given to people over 65 years of age. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, and symptoms generally worsen over a period of years.
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s or Dementia, so treatment focuses on supporting a patient’s cognitive and functional abilities, which home care provided by specialty trained caregivers does. By being trained in dementia-specific disease, our caregivers support cognitive functioning while reducing negative behaviors and outbursts through behavioral therapy techniques. Often, this support reduces the need for psychoactive medication.
However, it’s important to note that some forms of Dementia might cause patients to exhibit extreme behaviors, which means in later stages, someone diagnosed with this type of Dementia might be more comfortable in a dementia-trained memory care facility requiring specialized Massachusetts dementia assistance for optimal care.