Traditionally, Alzheimer’s is diagnosed only after a person experiences symptoms. Today, Alzheimer’s can be diagnosed before the onset of the symptoms. This is often referred to as early Alzheimer’s in ageing adults. This early stage does not have any symptoms as such. There may be absolutely no indication that a person is vulnerable to Alzheimer’s. Positron emission tomography scan and cerebrovascular fluid analysis can help identify the earliest indicators and can actually diagnose a person with Alzheimer’s when there are no symptoms. This is desirable, as steps can be taken to prevent the worsening of the progressive condition. This is almost similar to how cancer should be detected as early as possible for greater chances of complete treatment and holistic recovery.
Alzheimer’s Care For Those Who Need It
It is debatable whether or not Alzheimer’s can be averted and if an early diagnosis can prevent the worsening of the condition. The human brain does not work in an identical manner, even though people with Alzheimer’s may seem to have the exact symptoms and even the worsening may appear to be the same. The stage of detection and the present condition of the symptoms will determine the type of Alzheimer’s care you should choose for a loved one. If detection is early and the person is still able to do most of the daily tasks without any help, then you may not need any type of Alzheimer’s care other than the treatments and precautionary measures recommended by the doctor. If a person is showing symptoms that are worsening but is still able to recall essential details and can have a somewhat normal social life, then a retirement facility or a community where one can get basic medical attention and some activities to indulge in would suffice.
Those who need some help with daily tasks and have deteriorating cognitive functions should be provided assisted living. Those who have lost substantial memory and are unable to recognise their family, friends and relatives must be provided resident care. There are Alzheimer’s care homes where a person can stay temporarily or permanently. The temporary stays are essentially respite care. The permanent stays are at resident facilities where hospice care may or may not be available. There are instances when Alzheimer’s care should be effectively hospice care. Some people are diagnosed with severe symptoms of the condition and if they are too old, then the condition is not only deemed as chronic but also as a terminal ailment. Hospice care is the best option at such a juncture.