Some caregivers need help when their loved ones are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Other caregivers look for help when the person is in the later stages of the disease. It’s okay to seek help whenever you need it. As the person moves through the stages of Alzheimer’s they will need additional care. One reason is that medicines used to treat Alzheimer’s can only control symptoms. Symptoms such as memory loss and confusion, will progress over time. Because of this you will require more help. You may feel that asking for help shows lack of caring, however the opposite is true. It means you know when to seek support. At Trebor seniors will have their quality of life enhanced in a safe, manageable and comfortable environment, with stimulation and encouragement they will pursue their lives to the fullest capacity. Alzheimer’s care is changing and at Trebor we are leading that change.
Doctors now have several methods and tools to help them determine fairly accurately whether a person who is having memory problems has “possible Alzheimer’s dementia” (dementia may be due to another cause) or “probable Alzheimer’s dementia” (no other cause for dementia can be found).
To diagnose Alzheimer’s doctors may:
Ask questions about overall health, past medical problems, ability to carry out daily activities and changes in behavior and personality.
Conduct tests of memory, problem solving, attention, counting and language.
Carry out standard medical tests, such as blood and urine tests to identify other possible causes of the problem.
Perform brain scans, such as computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to distinguish Alzheimer’s from other possible causes for symptoms.