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and Alzheimer's Services.
In his own words...
"In the eyes of many others, sometimes even the eyes of caregivers, I am seen as less than a complete someone.
Just because my memory is failing me, just because a region of my brain is failing, just because I don't think like you do, nor do I remember as much or how you do, please, please know that in my own eyes, and I hope in your eyes, I am still a whole and complete someone.
I am still me. I am still Grandpa, and Dad, a friend, and a whole and complete human being. I am not becoming any less a person simply because I cannot remember like you, talk like you do, or think like you do.
I know that many of you want me to be who I was yesterday, or last year, or the last time they saw me, but I cannot be, nor do I any longer want to be.
I have ceased looking back over my shoulder at who I was, and now spend most of my time working on who I am, one day at a time."
— Richard Taylor, Houston, TX
A person in the early stage of Alzheimer's Disease
Life Changes of Ohio provides specialized care for men and women with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
Our Specialized Caregivers are trained in the additional care required to assist clients with these special needs.
Life Changes of Ohio is a Qualified Dementia Care Provider, as designated by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America and the Dementia Care Professionals of America. This qualification was awarded based on our specialized training in caring for clients with Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia.
Life Changes of Ohio is also a member of the Dementia Care Professionals of America.
Learn more about these conditions below.
Definition of Alzheimer's
From the Alzheimer's Foundation of America
- Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain's nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes.
- These neurons, which produce the brain chemical, or neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, break connections with other nerve cells and ultimately die. For example, short-term memory fails when Alzheimer's disease first destroys nerve cells in the hippocampus, and language skills and judgment decline when neurons die in the cerebral cortex.
- Two types of abnormal lesions clog the brains of individuals with Alzheimer's disease: Beta-amyloid plaques—sticky clumps of protein fragments and cellular material that form outside and around neurons; and neurofibrillary tangles—insoluble twisted fibers composed largely of the protein tau that build up inside nerve cells. Although these structures are hallmarks of the disease, scientists are unclear whether they cause it or a byproduct of it.
- Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, or loss of intellectual function, among people aged 65 and older.
- Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging.
- Origin of the term Alzheimer's disease dates back to 1906 when Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German physician, presented a case history before a medical meeting of a 51-year-old woman who suffered from a rare brain disorder. A brain autopsy identified the plaques and tangles that today characterize Alzheimer's disease.
Definition of Dementia
From the Alzheimer's Foundation of America
- Dementia is a general term that describes a group of symptoms-such as loss of memory, judgment, language, complex motor skills, and other intellectual function-caused by the permanent damage or death of the brain's nerve cells, or neurons.
- One or more of several diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, can cause dementia.
- Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia in persons over the age of 65. It represents about 60 percent of all dementias.
- The other most common causes of dementia are vascular dementia, caused by stroke or blockage of blood supply, and dementia with Lewy bodies. Other types include alcohol dementia, caused by sustained use of alcohol; trauma dementia, caused by head injury; and a rare form of dementia, frontotemporal dementia.
- The clinical symptoms and the progression of dementia vary, depending on the type of disease causing it, and the location and number of damaged brain cells. Some types progress slowly over years, while others may result in sudden loss of intellectual function.
- Each type of dementia is characterized by different pathologic, or structural, changes in the brain, such as an accumulation of abnormal plaques and tangles in individuals with Alzheimer's disease, and abnormal tau protein in individuals with frontotemporal dementia.
12 Things to Avoid when Working with Persons
who have Alzheimer's' and/or Dementia
- Avoid arguing with the person.
- Avoid yelling or raising your voice. What may be intended as a firm command or intervention could be viewed as a frightening and aggressive act by a person with Alzheimer's or dementia.
- Avoid confronting a person's deviant behaviors.
- Avoid negative statements, such as “No,” “Not,” “Never.”
- Avoid complex statements.
- Avoid outright lying to a person with Alzheimer's or dementia.
- Avoid multiple choices. This can be too confusing for a person with Alzheimer's or dementia.
- Avoid approaching from behind.
- Avoid asking the person to remember, i.e. “Remember me?,”“Remember when…?,” “Remember how to…?.”
- Avoid talking down to the person with Alzheimer's or dementia.
- Avoid using pronouns, slang, cute/pet names, nicknames for people, objects and places.
- Avoid excessive noise (i.e.: yelling out to other staff or individuals, slamming doors, loud music and/or singing).