Helping a Loved One with Alzheimer's

Helping a Loved One with Alzheimer's

Dr. Andrew Lerman and our team at Gables Neurology in Miami, Florida, provide comprehensive care for seizure, neurophysiological, and neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s.

Our dementia treatment strategy includes close supervision and support for participants in our in-office clinical trials. The group also focuses on counseling, diet, and lifestyle recommendations that offer positive, clinically proven results for individuals affected by Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Lerman believes that researchers will soon develop medication to help prevent the cognitive decline associated with dementia. However, our practice continues to emphasize the need for ongoing family and caregiver support for those facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s.

Read what the Gables Neurology team suggests for helping your loved one with Alzheimer’s.

Learn the facts about Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a complex and progressive neurological disorder that causes brain cells to shrink (atrophy). As a result, it affects memory, ability to reason or plan, and decision-making skills.

Changes typically occur over time and may be subtle initially. However, people with Alzheimer’s may eventually find it impossible to follow a multitask list, recognize a well-known friend, or plan a trip through the grocery store.

A comprehensive understanding of what to expect provides insight for creating a successful care strategy. Check with the Gables Neurology team about reliable, up-to-date information and available resources regarding Alzheimer’s.

Stay flexible

Gauge your loved one’s needs daily or even hourly if necessary. For example, people with Alzheimer’s may feel more energized or aware in the morning, or they may have good days and bad days. 

Schedule outings or appointments that fit their schedule and be willing to change plans if necessary. However, keep their scheduled doctor visits since your provider times these appointments to meet health needs.

Keep them involved

Schedule activities that are engaging and enjoyable. A walk along the beach, a neighborhood game night, or a Saturday afternoon cookout can remind your loved one that they are still part of their family and peer group. Research has clearly shown that social isolation worsens cognitive decline and may even play a role in the onset of dementia.

Ask first

Allow your loved one to maintain their independence and self-reliance by asking what they need help accomplishing. Some more complex responsibilities may become more difficult as the disease progresses, but rushing to button clothing, comb hair, or assist with other personal tasks can negatively impact your loved one’s emotional health.

Encourage a healthy lifestyle

Dr. Lerman creates a personalized care strategy for Alzheimer’s patients that includes healthy nutrition, routine exercise, counseling services, occupational therapy, and other supportive treatments to help stall disease progression. Ensure your loved one follows these guidelines and carefully manages other chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.

Ask for help

Take advantage of the many community resources available to people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Also, enlist the support of family members, friends, and neighbors in helping your loved one meet the challenges of Alzheimer’s.

Schedule a consultation at Gables Neurology by calling our office today for more information about diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s. We can help!

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