The Dementia and Alzheimer’s Journey
The memory-loss journey affects one in six people over the age of 80 but there is little comfort in that statistic if you or your loved one experience this debilitating condition. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia, but there many causes of dementia in older adults: vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and normal pressure hydrocephalus.
AuthoraCare Collective can help as you or your loved one move through this many-years journey by helping to alleviate physical, mental and emotional distress. We can help you with strategies that improve quality of life.
Living with Dementia
After the shock of a memory loss diagnosis, most people try to research what’s ahead. Treatments. Medications. Lifestyle changes. There are many good resources like alz.org. Sites like this help to visualize the progression of the disease and what to expect. However, when it comes to navigating the care path for the day-to-day, you can turn to AuthoraCare.
Palliative Care for Dementia
The goal of palliative care is to help patients and their families achieve a better quality of life by assisting with advanced care planning, relieving symptoms of dementia and establishing goals of care. As care needs increase, patients or their caregivers may choose to receive palliative care even while receiving treatment for their dementia.
Hospice Care for Dementia
Hospice care helps patients coping with terminal dementia by alleviating the mental, emotional and physical distress caused by dementia symptoms. Dementia patients who are admitted to AuthoraCare’s hospice program will receive expert, in-home medical care to help them live with dignity and comfort as their disease progresses. Learn more about the benefits of hospice care.
End-stage dementia symptoms may vary depending on the root cause (Alzheimer’s, Lewy bodies, vascular, etc.). However, there are many symptoms common throughout different types of dementia. As patients become increasingly frail, they are less able to fight infections. Due to this frailty, severe infections such as pneumonia develop quickly and are the leading cause of death for dementia patients.
“Hospice was a life saver for me and my family. Knowing she was under their expertise was very comforting to us.”— AuthoraCare patient