It’s not easy dealing with a loved one who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. You might not be able to handle their sudden strange behavior. It can be very tough knowing that person doesn’t remember most of the good times you shared. It can even be devastating when you realize that your loved one might not remember you at all.
When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, many people struggle to understand their condition. But it’s natural to want to know what our friends or family members are going through. To help you get a better understanding of these conditions, here are some common questions about Alzheimer’s and dementia:
Are Alzheimer’s and Dementia the Same Thing?
People tend to think that Alzheimer’s and dementia are interchangeable. The truth is they are not the same thing. Dementia is not a specific disease. It is actually a group of symptoms that affect mental and social abilities. It often is caused by conditions or changes in the brain.
Alzheimer’s is a disease and the most common form of dementia. It is a condition in which nerve cells in the brain die making it hard for the brain to transmit signals properly.
Can these Conditions Be Treated?
Medications may be used to treat the memory loss, behavior changes, sleep problems, and other symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. They can’t stop the disease, but they can slow down the symptoms for a few months or even years.
Some forms of dementia can actually be treated. These forms include dementia caused by drug or alcohol abuse, tumors, metabolic disorders and subdural hematoma.
What’s the Purpose of Alzheimer’s Care and Dementia Care Facilities?
Brookdale Senior Living’s Alzheimer’s care and dementia care communities provide housing and supportive services for those who need it. These communities serve residents who need help with daily activities, and they provide a safe environment for them as well. The personnel at our Alzheimer’s care and Dementia care facilities are trained to understand their patient’s unique needs. They are also committed to providing the dementia nursing care their patients need to ensure a better quality of life.
If you are looking for Alzheimer’s care or dementia care facilities that take a personal approach to caregiving, look no further than Brookdale Senior Living. Learn more about our assisted living communities today.
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