What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of dementia cases. This disease leads to problems with behavior, memory, and thinking that can interfere with daily life. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s often develop gradually and become worse over time. While the disease is associated with those over the age of 65, early-onset Alzheimer’s can occur in patients under the age of 65. The early stages of Alzheimer’s include mild symptoms, but these symptoms become debilitating as the disease progresses. Although there is no current cure for Alzheimer’s, the progression of symptoms can be treated and slowed down to improve the quality of life for the patient.

Types of Alzheimer’s Disease

There are three main types of Alzheimer’s disease. The three types are:

  • Early-onset
  • Late-onset
  • Familial

Both genetics and environmental factors may play a role in Alzheimer’s. Almost every patient with Alzheimer’s will eventually display the same symptoms, including loss of memory or decision-making skills.

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Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Agitated or aggressive behaviors
  • Increased safety risk
  • Uncooperative tendencies
  • Weight loss as a result of poor eating habits
  • Memory loss
  • Impaired problem solving skills
  • Confusion

It is important to keep an eye out for these symptoms, as early diagnosis is key to treating symptoms. The earlier Alzheimer’s is caught, the sooner treatment dedicated to slowing the progression can begin.

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The T.R.A.I.N. Method for Alzheimer’s Care

Alzheimer’s patients require home health care providers that have specialized training focused on Alzheimer’s treatment. The T.R.A.I.N. method equips our caregivers with the expertise they need to provide effective and exceptional care for patients with Alzheimer’s. The T.R.A.I.N. method includes:

  • Teaching caregivers specific coping strategies
  • Reinforcing safe care practices
  • Applying techniques to relieve stress
  • Interventions to monitor and manage behaviors
  • New skills to increase tolerance & cooperation

Why Choose IPR for Alzheimer’s Care?

At IPR Healthcare System, Inc., we believe in providing our patients with the skilled staff and personal tools needed to manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Our Alzheimer’s care services allow patients to retain their quality of life and be as independent as possible. Our mission is to provide the most effective treatment for our patients while allowing them to remain in a comfortable, familiar environment. Our Alzheimer’s care services can benefit our patients by preventing hospitalizations, reducing stress for both the patient and their home health care providers, and supporting present care plans. We care about our patients and are dedicated to providing the most effective and exceptional experience possible in the Greater Houston community.

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