Alzheimer’s Information

At Lakeside Park, we are committed to helping family members understand what goes into our Alzheimer’s Care programs, and why we take the approach we do.

Before discussing Alzheimer’s care, it’s helpful first to answer, “What is Alzheimer’s disease?”

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia affecting 60%–80% of dementia patients. Dementia is a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. It affects memory, thinking, language, judgment and behavior.

The most common symptoms are summarized below, along with the interventions that comprise Alzheimer’s care. On our Dementia Care page, you will find a summary of the other types of dementia, collectively known as Non-Alzheimer’s dementias (NADs). We also offer a more detailed explanation of Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia.

Lakeside Park’s memory care services put the interventions below into practice. We work closely with family members to determine the best Alzheimer’s care approach for their loved one. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

 

Dementia Type

Symptoms

Interventions

Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Often preceded by MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment)
  • Early onset type starts before 60
  • Memory loss
  • Apathy
  • Disorientation
  • Poor planning
  • Irritability/agitation
  • Depression
  • Language problems
  • Delusions, hallucinations, agitation, wandering
  • Behavior is environment driven

Stage-based symptoms:

  • Mild: Memory loss, getting lost, trouble handling money and paying bills, repeating questions, taking longer to complete normal daily tasks, poor judgment, and small mood and personality changes
  • Moderate: Memory loss and confusion increase, and people begin to have problems recognizing family and friends. They may be unable to learn new things, carry out tasks that involve multiple steps (such as getting dressed) or cope with new situations. They may have hallucinations, delusions and paranoia and may behave impulsively.
  • Severe: cannot communicate and are completely dependent on others for their care. Near the end, the person may be in bed most or all of the time, as the body shuts down.
  • Prescription-based medications
  • Mindfulness-based dementia care
  • Whole care team and family involvement
  • Monitor safety
  • Provide memory aids
  • Maximize independence
  • Change approach w/ change in functioning
  • Increased structure and support as disease progresses
  • Identify causes of distress; behavior log
  • Exercise program

 

Information courtesy of UCSF. For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, see their fact sheets.

Resources

There are a number of organizations which offer information on Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s resources listed below can help connect you to research, facts and support. In addition, our community often hosts educational programs and events which provide family members with valuable support and information on Alzheimer’s.