Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, it causes difficulties with memory, thinking and behaviour. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
Alzheimer’s and the brain
Changes in the brain begin long before the first signs of memory loss. Two abnormal structures called plaques and tangles are primarily responsible for damaging and killing nerve cells in the brain. Plaques are deposits of a protein that build up in the spaces between nerve cells. Tangles are twisted fibres of another protein that build up inside cells.
Though most people develop some plaques and tangles as they age, people with Alzheimer’s tend to develop far more. Most experts believe plaques and tangles play a critical role in blocking communication among nerve cells and disrupting processes that cells need to survive. It is the destruction and death of nerve cells that causes memory failure, personality changes, problems carrying out daily activities and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering newly learned information. As Alzheimer’s advances through the brain it leads to increasingly severe symptoms including:
- Mood and behaviour changes.
- Deepening confusion about events, time and place.
- Unfounded suspicions about family, friends and professional caregivers.
- More serious memory loss and behaviour changes.
- Difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.
People with memory loss or other signs of Alzheimer’s may find it hard to recognise they have a problem. Signs of dementia may be more obvious to family members or friends. Anyone experiencing dementia-like symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible as the cause maybe reversible.
The Daughterly Care Joyful Living Approach™
People living with Alzheimer’s have the same emotional needs as any other person. In fact their feelings are heightened and become increasingly important. For that reason, emotional intelligence is the key to increasing their sense of well-being. Helping people with Alzheimer’s to live well at home with a highly personalised managed service is our specialisation at Daughterly Care.
We use the appropriate best practice techniques such as: