Loss of Independence with Alzheimer’s and Other Types of Dementia:
Alzheimer’s disease is a cognitive disorder that can significantly affect the independence of seniors. As it advances, cognitive abilities typically decline, leading to a loss of independence with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
This reduced independence is frequently caused by cognitive function decline, which is associated with various types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lewy body dementia.
Symptoms such as memory loss, tremors, visual problems, periods of confusion, and even hallucinations can all significantly affect the lives of seniors with Alzheimer’s.
Caregivers and healthcare professionals will play an important role in supporting these individuals. However, it’s important to note that this role is one of accompaniment rather than control.
Residences for seniors with reduced autonomy are often the best place for seniors with Alzheimer’s. However, many practitioners focus primarily on treating cognitive losses instead of preserving their skills and abilities.
A simple shift in thinking could make a difference in the person’s treatment and in their life in general.
By accepting the person’s Alzheimer’s condition and encouraging them to maintain their autonomy, it’s possible to maintain a higher level of satisfaction for the senior.
Often, seniors can preserve their autonomy through small gestures, such as:
– choosing their own clothing
– maintaining their hygiene habits (even when it takes longer)
– giving consent before receiving care
– staying informed about their health
– participating in community activities
– maintaining enriching social relationships
The Montessori Alzheimer Center offers individual and group training to caregivers and healthcare professionals.
By changing routines and adopting an attitude based on respect for autonomy, Alzheimer’s patients can thrive.