Alzheimer’s, as defined by the Alzheimer’s Association, is “a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.” Symptoms, while mild early on, get worse over time, eventually becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
Sadly, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. So treatment focuses on alternative therapies and activities that directly involve the person with Alzheimer’s. One of the benefits of using these therapies is that they may reduce behavioral symptoms of the disease, including agitation, anger, frustration, depression, wandering or rummaging.
Therapies benefit the patient most when they focus on the person’s previous interests. This is because they spark memories, thus taking advantage of the person’s remaining skills while minimizing those that are compromised. Bringing out these memories can also reinforce a person’s sense of belonging in a group, providing friendship and mutual support.More