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Alzheimer's Disease

Discovering that you or a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can cause a great deal of uncertainty about what to do, especially because the signs and prognosis can vary so much. Learning how to manage these brain disorders is key in order to slow their progression, control their symptoms and relieve the other issues that can accompany them. The Visiting Nurse Service of New York can provide care and support to help you or your loved one improve your quality of life and cope with the condition. 

Understanding Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease, which affects more than four million adults in the U.S., is the most common form of dementia, a brain disorder characterized by impairment in thinking, memory, and decision-making skills. With Alzheimer’s, which usually develops in people 60 and older, plaque accumulation kills nerve and brain cells, causing a steady decline in memory and cognitive abilities. But there are up to 50 other causes of dementia, including neurological diseases like Parkinson’s disease, vascular disorders, traumatic brain injury, chronic alcohol use, and vitamin or hormone deficiencies.

Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but a variety of medications can improve the quality of life of some people with the disease; meanwhile, some forms of dementia can be effectively treated if the underlying cause is addressed. Your doctor will suggest lifestyle modifications—such as exercise and relaxation techniques—and may prescribe medications to try to slow the disorder’s progression and perhaps improve mental function. VNSNY can help you adhere to this regimen and improve your ability to carry out everyday activities.

How VNSNY Can Help

Our professional staff can work with you or a loved one to manage Alzheimer’s or dementia at home. Our services include:

  • Setting realistic goals for daily living and helping to prevent complications 
  • Helping you follow prescribed protocols, including taking medications, exercising, and adhering to a modified diet 
  • Evaluating your environment for safety issues and necessary resources, such as adaptive equipment
  • Teaching you how to cope more effectively with dementia and its emotional challenges

Contact

To learn more about how VNSNY can help you or a loved one handle Alzheimer’s or dementia, contact us at 1-800-675-0391.