For an Alzheimer patient what is the best occupational therapy to relieve the mind from repetitive questions

(Last Updated: Feb 15, 2007)

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive condition that leads to dementia. The condition slowly damages cells in the brain, thus reducing the cognitive functioning of the individual. Initially, personality and memory related changes occur before the individual moves into a state where he or she has no memory and no normal mental function. The causes and treatments for Alzheimer's disease are being researched around the world. There are many drugs and treatments that show some signs of working. One treatment involves the use of Alzheimer's occupational therapy.

The suggestion is that by occupying the mind of the individual with new tasks, the progress of the disease can be slowed. An occupational therapist can help to develop routines which the individual is capable of following. In many cases, the sense of achievement felt by the individual when he or she follows a routine independently is very important to ensure that the patient's mood is stable and cheerful. Occupational therapy also helps to provide useful tasks to Alzheimer's patients so that they can be useful around the house. Occupational therapy also applies to members of the family who will need guidance and information about how they can deal with their family member who is unwell.

answered by G M

How can diet prevent from Alzheimer's disease and is it hereditary?

Diet and Alzheimer's disease are known to be connected to some extent. Research has shown that those individuals who consume a balanced diet which includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, poultry, salad dressing and nuts are known to be at a lower risk of Alzheimer's. Diet and dementia are linked together because inadequate intake of fluid or any nutritional deficiency or weight loss is known to adversely affect ones health. In some individual Alzheimer's disease could be a hereditary condition. These people should pay attention to their diet and consume sufficient amounts of proteins, fats, vitamins, carbohydrates and minerals. This will help to promote normal development and growth and thereby keep the person healthy.

One should also bear in mind that in the final stages of Alzheimer's disease the individual may even find it difficult to open their mouth or even chew and swallow their food well. In such cases one may want to switch to dietary supplements or a soft diet. While linking diet and Alzheimer's disease or any other such form of dementia one should ensure that they do not make any drastic changes to their diet and the dietary changes to ones diet should be gradual.

answered by A S

Memory loss due to Alzheimer's disease. How does it affect the brain?

Alzheimer's is a condition that should not be taken lightly. Alzheimer's, also known as dementia, is a condition that is characterized by the loss of brain function - usually brought about by some other serious disease. While age is a common factor in the development of Alzheimer's, some of the other factors that also play a role in its development include - family history and abnormal genes and proteins present in your biochemical makeup. The two versions - early onset and late onset develop either side of the age of 60, with the latter being the more common of the two. Despite being not as common as late onset, early onset tends to develop at a much faster rate.

Fighting Alzheimer's disease memory loss is primarily focused around the kind of diet one consumes. Increasing ones intake of folic acid is known to be a very effective method of coping with the disease of memory loss. It is also recommended that you consume large quantities of citrus fruits in order to boost the vitamin C levels within your body. Most people tend to fight memory loss and dementia with the help of medication. When doing so, however, make sure that you take any advice only from a specialist as the wrong chemicals in your body could make the condition worse.

answered by S S

What are the causes of Alzheimer disease?

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease that involves a loss of mental function. Patients who suffer from this condition will gradually experience increasing memory loss and loss of personality traits. As the condition progresses, the individual will lose the ability to speak normally and will have little or no memory. Alzheimer's has not yet been cured successfully and research into its causes continues to take place.

The physical causes of Alzheimer's have been identified in the form of protein build up between nerves and between cells in the brain. Yet, the reason why this happens has not been fully understood. Age is one factor that is found to be linked with Alzheimer's. There is also a genetic angle that has some evidence supporting it. This suggests that members of the same family may be more prone to Alzheimer's if there is a case in the family's history. Another recent discovery is the link between Alzheimer's disease and physical injuries. People who have had head injuries tend to be more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's. Apart from this, other causes of Alzheimer's are being investigated through continued medical research on the illness. A cure for the condition is still some time away although there has been progress made in the direction of slowing the advancement of the condition.

answered by G R

Alzheimer's is a neurological disorder which demands a lot of perseverance from the person's caretaker. Provide a comfortable environment to the person, so that he is able to identify all objects around him. Psychological attention is vital for such people.

answered by r k

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