Dealing with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is going to be plenty challenging for the average family. Once the reality of the situation begins to settle in, then it’s going to be important to determine what level of care, especially long-term care, the patient wants, or may need. For those who want the best opportunity to delay the worst effects of the disease, memory care assisted living is one of the best options to consider.
The effects of Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is going to affect more than just the elderly patient. It’s going to have a direct impact on the family members as well. The average patient who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will live about eight years, once the diagnosis is made. The average life expectancy of a person who has Alzheimer’s is 10 to 15 years.
As can be noted in this discrepancy is that too many patients are not diagnosed until the disease has been in place and affecting them for at least a few years. This doesn’t mean that upon diagnosis all hope is lost.
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s at this point in time. That doesn’t mean that there is nothing the patient or his or her family can do to help keep the worst aspects of the disease (which also happen to be the most commonly thought about) from affecting the patient for as long as possible. Just because there is no cure, there are things that can be done to improve the quality of life, and care, for the patient for a long time.
Boosting brain function and increasing memory through exercises is one of these things that the patient and his or her family can do to delay the memory loss. Memory care assisted living would be able to provide these exercises along with experts who understand the disease and know how to best help the patient.
Developing a routine in their daily life is also going to be a very important aspect when they begin to lose their memories more and more. Having a routine helps to ground the individual so that even when they don’t recall where they are, have gaps in their memory about what they did yesterday, or the people around them, they will still have comfort in that routine.
The sooner that you seriously consider assisted living for the Alzheimer’s patient, the better it will be for them in the long run.
For more information about Pipestone Place Assisted Living in San Antonio, TX or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.