Alzheimer's vs. Dementia

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive illness. Over time, patients decline both mental and physically. There is no medication to halt the disease, but we are learning more about the benefits of keeping clients engaged through physical, mental, and social activities. BAFI encourages caregivers to explore Adult Day Health Care options for respite because this is the best option for affordable care that offers appropriate stimulation to help keep clients engaged.

There are three main stages of Alzheimer's disease. No two patients are the same. Stages can overlap and all patients will not exhibit all symptoms. Progression can be rapid or slow as patients move from needing supervision, to requiring custodial care, to requiring nursing care.

Dementia is not a disease; it is a group of symptoms someone is exhibiting. These symptoms can include major impairment of thinking and reasoning skills, inability to make good decisions or choices (loss of 'common sense'), impaired memory, inability to use good judgment or logic and interferes with daily functioning. Dementia also is the impairment of all 5 senses, vision, vestibular, touch, taste and smell. These symptoms are often what alert families that there might be something medically wrong with their loved one.

When Is It Time For Adult Day Health Care

Despite the disease course, a diagnosis of Alzheimer's is not the end of life. There are many years ahead. The job of caregiving requires you to learn to manage what you can't change about the disease. Knowing the disease symptoms better equips you to offer the support your loved one needs. A caregiver's job is to build a safe environment for their loved one.

Supervision can last from 2 to 4 years. Insidious, gradual onset of symptoms. Family many not realize there is a problem. Client may still live alone but requires increasing amount of supervision to remain safe.

Custodial Care can last from 2 to 10 years. Often the most difficult stage and presents the most challenges for the caregiver. The client should not be left alone.

Nursing care can last from 1 to 5 years. Client requires help with every aspect of daily living. Cannot verbalize discomfort or needs. Caregiver must be aware of nonverbal cues.

Research shows Alzheimer's clients benefit from art, music, pet therapy and physical activity. BAFI has 3 licensed facilities with trained professional to conduct therapeutically based music and art activities and train staff to develop an engaging calendar of daily activities for the mind and soul. Call today for a free day of care 321-253-4430 Melbourne, Titusville, Micco!

  • "I don't know what I would have done without The Club. I got time back. I got my health and sanity back. It really put caring for my mom back within reality. Because of all the services that the Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation helped us with, she is stable, happier, and healthier than when I initially brought her down. I've been able to keep her at home, which is what we both wanted."

    Lisa Marie
    Caregiver, Melbourne, Florida
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    Support Group Facilitator, Melbourne, Florida
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    Melbourne, Florida