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Difference Between Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia and its Care Programs

Difference Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia and its Care Programs

Just what is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

Technically speaking dementia is actually an umbrella term for a set of symptoms that’s caused by progressive and irreversible brain diseases. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia.  The key thing to remember, is that a person with Alzheimer’s has dementia, but only some people with dementia have Alzheimer’s. Individuals with these symptoms need assisted living and memory care .

Symptoms of dementia can be hard to define and can vary from person to person. You may expect things like difficulties with remembering, thinking, and language, difficulties with daily activities, and emotional or behavioral difficulties. In the case of Alzheimer’s, the symptoms are a little more specific. At first a person may appear to have mild memory care needs, and even a change in behavior. But as time goes on, these symptoms tend to get worse, and other symptoms, such as confusion or depression, can appear.

What about treatment options, can dementia be reversed?

Home Health Care facilities 240x300 - Difference Between Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia and its Care ProgramsSadly, dementia worsens over time, and can’t be reversed or cured. When Alzheimer’s is the cause there are medicines, that in some cases, may slow down the development of symptoms for up to two years, to help people manage daily life independently for as long as possible. While symptoms will worsen over time, until around-the-clock care is needed, people can live well with dementia if they receive support, good care and understanding.
We all want to know if we’re at risk or what measures we could take to prevent dementia. Though we might be more at risk in later life, rest easy, knowing it’s not an inevitable part of getting old. Having a healthy lifestyle, looking after your diet, getting enough exercise, and not smoking can help reduce your risk. Dementia can have a huge impact on family and those looking after loved ones. So if you’re a carer make sure you reach out for support.

Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia Care Program

Dementia is not a specific disease but a descriptive term for a collection of symptoms. These symptoms can be caused by number of disorders that affect the brain. There are many forms of Dementia. The most recognizable is Alzheimer’s Disease. This condition accounts for almost half of all Dementia cases. Some other types are Lewy Body Dementia, Huntington Disease, and even Parkinson Disease.

Dementia affects 4-5 million people in the United States alone. This number will rise as more people reach the 65 and older – the age Dementia starts to affect a person.

How do we treat Dementia?

Well, the Medical community is in agreement that care should focus on optimizing the individual’s health and quality of life. This treatment most often consists of medications and non-drug treatments such as behavioral therapy.

Some of the senior home care facilities developed a program to treat Dementia by engaging their clients in recreation, promoting relaxation, encouraging reminiscence, building relationships, and providing resources to our clients’ families.

  • Customizes programming based on clients’ past or present interests
  • Provides individualized dementia education and training to caregivers and families
  • Decreases a loved ones stress by providing care with safe, stimulating activities
  • Promotes longevity of living in the current environment
  • Offers tools for ongoing behavior management
  • Monitors medication side effects
  • Provides access to Licensed Clinical Social Worker consultations as needed
  • Encourages improved communication with Physicians
  • Provides initial assessment by a home care professional evaluating stage of dementia, social history, mental status, and activity preference
  • Creates a custom plan identifying needed personal care services
  • Offers client-centered care management to link and coordinate quality services, referrals, and consultation.

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Program Benefits 

  • Enhance dignity and self-esteem
  • Provide purpose and meaning to life
  • Encourage the best of abilities
  • Provide a sense of security and togetherness
  • Reduce wandering
  • Reduce agitation
  • Improve mood


  • Increase in longevity of living at home rather than facility placement
  • Improve family involvement and communication regarding personal care services for the client
  • Increase family communication with physician regarding mood and behavior status resulting in appropriate medication adjustments
  • Enhances family’s knowledge of the disease
  • Decrease in spouse’s/caregiver’s stress
  • Increase in recommended resource referrals
  • Improvement of home safety conditions
Senior Living Options - Caring for Your Elderly

Senior Living Options – Caring for Your Elderly

Is your aging parents’ living situation beginning to worry you? Or perhaps you’re one of the Silent Generation yourself and are dreading the idea that your living situation might need to change. If so, then this article is for you. By the end of this article, you’ll have become familiar with a variety of options for making this stage of life easy, safe, and enjoyable for your love one. So, let’s get started.

It is found that most people of this generation want to stay in their own homes or at least someplace that they’re familiar with. So first, we’ll explore these options and what’s available there. Aging in place or independent living can actually be the least supportive when it comes to the practicalities of daily life for your elderly. But there are ways to make this a viable option. Let’s explore those.

In-home Senior Care

In home Senior Care 225x300 - Senior Living Options - Caring for Your ElderlyIn home senior care involves hiring caregivers who assist with chores like cleaning or laundry or cooking, and they can provide around the clock medical assistance. There are elderly home care facilities nationwide with network of nonprofit membership organizations that links neighbors and local businesses together to help each other stay in their homes as they grow older. This is good for older adults who want help, similar to what they would get in a retirement community, but don’t want to leave their own homes. There’s usually a small annual fee involved that covers things like transportation or yard work or maybe something like bookkeeping.

Adult Daycare

Adult daycare is usually located in a senior center, a nursing home, a hospital, or maybe as a standalone business. These help to meet seniors’ health and social needs in a safe and supportive environment throughout the day.

These programs are ideal for seniors who live with family members who work during the day. Then we have granny flats or accessory dwelling units, and these are secondary housing units on a single family residential lot. They’ve been legal in California since 2017.
Now, let’s explore the options when living at home is no longer feasible.

Assisted Living Facilities

First, we have assisted living facilities and these help seniors to stay mobile, healthy, and safe. They have less privacy and independence than retirement communities, so they are more ideal for adults who can live independently, but do require some assistance.

Residential Care Homes

Residential care homes offer smaller, more home-like family setting for seniors that needs home care services. They offer food services and assistance with daily living, but they don’t typically have a medical professional on site. Limited, part-time medical care is generally offered, but it’s not a primary focus of this type of senior living communities.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Memory Care Facilities 300x200 - Senior Living Options - Caring for Your ElderlyContinuing care retirement communities is the most inclusive system because it offers multiple levels of care, from independent and assisted living, to skilled nursing facilities and care, easing transition from one level of care to the next. These are good for seniors who want to live in one location for the rest of their life and where most of their future care is already figured out. Another benefit is that spouses can stay close to one another, even if one requires a higher level of care. Usually in this system, residents can start in the independent living section and they move to different parts of the same community as they need increasing levels of care.

Nursing Homes or Long-term Care Facilities

Then we have nursing homes or long-term care facilities. These are well-suited for those who require constant medical supervision or need a greater level of assistance in daily living. They offer the highest level of care outside of a hospital, offering round the clock medical staff for high needs seniors. This option is best for older adults who need 24-hour supervised care with meals, activities, and health management and support.

Alzheimer’s or Memory Care Facilities

Finally, we have Alzheimer’s or memory care facilities. These provide a safe, secure place for loved ones suffering from dementia or severe memory loss.

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