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Alzheimer's disease is considered the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2004. The death toll continues to rise every year.
The disease is the third most costly in the United States. (The two most expensive diseases in the U.S. are heart disease and
cancer, respectively). It is reported that there 24 million people with dementia worldwide; the figure will more than double by
The Influence of Alzheimer's Disease on Everyday Functions
Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that is irreversible with no known cause or cure. The disease affects two major types of abilities.
Alzheimer's affects the very simple everyday activities such as dressing, eating, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, and even walking. One
needs to be assisted in order to accomplish such tasks.
The other ability affected by the disease is the performance of more complex tasks like managing finances, driving a car, preparing and
cooking meals and working in a job. It is normal for people with the disease to experience problems with complex tasks first, which later
progresses to the inability to perform simple everyday functions as the disease progresses.
A Word of Caution
Treatment is vital for people with Alzheimer's disease. Treating a patient requires the mix of the expertise of a family doctor and
various medical specialists like psychiatrists or neurologists, psychologists, therapists, nurses, social workers, and counselors. This is
because the disease affects not only the patient but the whole family as well.
It is very important that family members work closely with the doctors in administering the treatment. The family should be informed of
activities that are dangerous for people with Alzheimer's disease. Some of these activities include driving or cooking.
Treating dementia related symptoms of Alzheimer's vary. But such treatments can only be effective if the dementia is caused by factors like
medications, alcohol, delirium, tumors, depression, head injury and infections. There are, however, some treatments that are being used to "cure"
the well being of a person afflicted with the disease.
Helpful Activities For Alzheimer's Patients
Activities like playing music, personal interactions, playing videotapes of family members, walking and other light exercises, and pet therapy
have been found to be successful in helping people develop friendship, mutual support and spiritual connectedness with the people around
However, one should remember that such activities can be beneficial to one but could be detrimental to another patient. The best activity for
a person with Alzheimer's varies. Former hobbies or points of interest of a person could also be used to help people with the disease and their
families to cope.
One could assist the person to engage in activities like supervised gardening, singing, cooking, painting and drawing as long as routine is
established. It is very important to engage in these activities on a regular basis for this could help the person establish a sense of
Some therapies combine various activities and have proved to be fairly successful and garnered some favorable results. Such programs combine
music, exercise, crafts and relaxation which obtained the best results.
Some even add various structured sessions like meditations, sensory awareness and guided imagery in their attempts to calm and pacify the
already unstable behaviors of patients with Alzheimer's.
Aside from daily physical exercise and social activities, some of the things that you also need to consider in treating a patient are proper
nutrition and health maintenance; daily activities that will give the feelings of accomplishment for the individual; keeping the patient out of
harm's way; and knowing the physical and emotional limitations of the patient, the care giver team and the family.
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