Alzheimer’s disease is a disorder that involves different parts of a human brain that control language, thought and memory. The disease is progressive and causes the deterioration of memory and the individual’s reasoning capabilities. However, there are Alzheimer's therapy methods that can help ease the process.
There are conventional therapies which involve different forms of behavioral modification, emotional support and medication which assist patients to remember better and be able to cope with daily activities. It is important to note that Alzheimer’s therapy will only slow Alzheimer’s disease down and not completely do away with it.
There are different therapies that are quite effective when it comes to reducing the course of the disease and improving the life quality of people fighting the disease. There are also a lot of therapists who can perform Alzheimer’s therapy at home, however there are other ways to deal with the disease.
The simplest form of therapy involves pets. It is clear that a lot of people feel relaxed when they are around pets and for some reason this soothes them thus reducing the anxiety and the speed of the disease. In this therapy, the patient must identify a pet they feel most comfortable around; be it a dog, a cat, a guinea pig, or any other domesticated animal. Patients in hospitals or nursing homes can have organized visits where the animals can be brought in and spend time with them. If the patient is at home then there can be a permanent pet in the home to keep the patient company.
Alzheimer's therapy through pets seems to have other benefits as well. Most of the patients that go through the pet therapy have lower stress and anxiety, their communication is improved and so is their mood. There are also reports that the patients’ blood pressure is lowered. One reason why people with Alzheimer’s may feel comfortable around pets is because their interaction with the animals is mostly nonverbal.
When a patient is going through pet therapy there are things that you should keep in mind as the care giver. The most important of these is that you should always remember that many times the person battling Alzheimer’s is not capable of taking care of the pet alone and so it is not practical to get a pet when you know that there will be no one to look after it. However, if there is someone to help with the pet's care or the patient is still able, then this can be a really nice thing for both the patient and the pet.
Alzheimer’s therapy comes in many different forms and some involve spiritual activities. There are patients who have been known to be calmed through prayers, religious visits and services. Spirituality is known to relieve stress and give hope and faith to the patients and thus reduces the effects of the disease.
Religious participation involves regular rituals, traditions and events which tend to stick in the patients mind. This is the main reason why some of these individuals find religious participation relaxing and easy to follow. Another reason is that such activities offer great chances for people suffering from Alzheimer’s to mingle and socialize with family, friends and other community members. All the care giver has to do is make sure that the individual attends these events regularly.
There is a lot of promising hope for Alzheimer"s on the horizon including many new medications. There is also a large amount of research going on since because of the baby boomers a large part of the population will soon be elderly.
There are other Alzheimer's therapy methods that can help an Alzheimer patient slow down the disease. If you would like more information about Alzheimer's our website has a number of articles and we are always adding more.