Instructed caregiver there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, so the chief goals of treatment are to: maintain quality of life, maximize function in daily activities, enhance cognition, mood and behavior foster a safe environment promote social engagement, as appropriate. Caregiver verbalized.
SN to instruct caregiver on disease process management, medication regimen and management of behavior disturbances.
SN to assess patient with Alzheimer disease, identify any signs and symptoms requiring intervention; report significant changes to physician.
Alzheimer's Instructed caregiver managing behavioral symptoms Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), especially agitation, aggression, depression and psychosis, are the leading causes for assisted living or nursing facility placement. Early recognition and treatment can reduce the costs of caring for these patients and improve the quality of life of the patient and caregiver. Caregiver verbalized.
Instructed caregiver alzheimer's disease and other disorders that cause dementia. Heart-healthy lifestyle choices that may reduce the risk of alzheimer's include the following: exercise regularly, eat a diet of fresh produce, healthy oils and foods low in saturated fat, follow treatment guidelines to manage high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, if you smoke, ask your doctor for help to quit smoking. Caregiver verbalized.
Instructed caregiver alzheimer's disease is not a preventable condition. However, a number of lifestyle risk factors for alzheimer's can be modified. Evidence suggests that changes in diet, exercise and habits — steps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease may also lower your risk of developing. Caregiver verbalized.
Instructed caregiver as alzheimer's disease progresses to its last stages, brain changes begin to affect physical functions, such as swallowing, balance, and bowel and bladder control. These effects can increase vulnerability to additional health problems such as: inhaling food or liquid into the lungs (aspiration), pneumonia and other infections, falls fractures bedsores, malnutrition or dehydration. Caregiver verbalized.
Instructed caregiver about complications in patient with Alzheimer are memory and language loss, impaired judgment, and other cognitive changes caused by Alzheimer's can complicate treatment for other health conditions. A person with Alzheimer's disease may not be able to communicate that he or she is experiencing pain for example, from a dental problem, report symptoms of another illness, follow a prescribed treatment plan, notice or describe medication side effects.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. At first, someone with Alzheimer's disease may notice mild confusion and difficulty remembering. Eventually, people with the disease may even forget important people in their lives and undergo dramatic personality changes. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia — a group of brain disorders that cause the loss of intellectual and social skills. In Alzheimer's disease, the brain cells degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in memory and mental function. At first, increasing forgetfulness or mild confusion may be the only symptoms of Alzheimer's disease that you notice. But over time, the disease robs you of more of your memory, especially recent memories. The rate at which symptoms worsen varies from person to person.
SN instructed caregiver that Alzheimer’s disease progresses and a loss of appetite often becomes apparent. Primary caregiver may notice that the patient does not eat as much or refuses to eat at all. Possible causes of a poor appetite include: inability to recognize food, poorly fitting dentures, certain medications, lack of physical activity, diminished sense of smell and taste.