Alzheimer's disease is a progressive condition that damages brain cells and affects how we think, speak and interact with other people. It's the most common cause of dementia (a group of brain disorders that cause a decline in memory and the reduced ability to perform daily activities.) Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death among adults over age 65 in the United States, after heart disease, cancer, stroke, accidents, and respiratory disease. As we age, the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease increases although it's rare to get it before age 60. Having a relative with Alzheimer's disease raises your risk of getting it, but most people with the disease do not have a family history of it. One of the major symptoms of Alzheimer's disease is confusion. There are several other potential causes of confusion, some of which may be reversible if discovered early enough.
SYMPTOMS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
- Memory changes that disrupt daily life
- Trouble making decisions, especially in planning or problem solving
- Misplacing items and declining ability to retrace steps
- Changes in mood or personality
- Withdrawal from social interactions and activities
- Difficulty finding the right words when speaking or writing
- Although specific causes are still an unknown, studies have found that people who are more sedentary than physically active people are more likely to develop this disease
- Research also suggests that increased cardiorespiratory fitness may help prevent brain atrophy
- Risk of getting Alzheimers disease increases with age
- Having a relative with Alzheimer’s disease raises your risk of getting it
- People without a family history of it are also at risk
TREATMENT OF ALZHIEMER’S DISEASE
We use the following Comprehensive approaches to help with Alzhiemer’s disease.
- Dr. Jacobs will train and assist caregivers and nurses on proper body mechanics to minimize the risk of further injury to them and the patient
- Caregivers and or family will also be trained in exercise movements that the patient can do at home so they are encouraged to participate in the physical therapy process
- The therapist can show caregivers how to use adaptive equipment and assistive devices, such as special seating systems, canes or long-handled reachers
- ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue
- and myofascial restriction, which can decrease mobility and flexibility.
- Special exercise program to decrease pain, strengthen the muscles, stabilize and help the patient to return as close to normal function and activities.
- Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time of affected areas