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Every 65 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s Disease. Currently, more than 16 million people provide unpaid care for a loved one diagnosed with this disease or other dementias. That adds up to over 18.5 billion hours of care for 2019 alone. If you are a part of this trusted group of individuals, you know it can be tough. However, with the right support and guidance, you can and will continue to make a difference in your loved one’s life!
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia. As it progresses, the early stages produce a milder form of memory loss and inability to recall newly learned information. In the later stages, those diagnosed will eventually lose the ability to react to their environment. They may experience mood and behavior changes, confusion, unproven suspicions, and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.
As a person with AD moves through the stages of the disease, anxiety and agitation can manifest and become a new level of challenge for a caregiver. It can cause behaviors such as pacing, loss of sleep, and aggression. Some things that can cause of agitation are.
If you notice your loved one is showing signs of agitation, you should work with them to get an appointment right away with their doctor. They can review all current medications for any contraindications and see if it is appropriate to introduce a medicine or therapy for the agitation. Alz.org recommends the following tips for caregivers:
As a caregiver for someone with AD, you play an intricate role in the quality of their remaining life. Not every day will be hard and not every day will be easy. There is no cure for this disease, but the first survivor may be found through the efforts of clinical trials!
Centex Studies, Inc. has taken their place in the journey to find the cure and better treatment options. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, clinical trials may be an option for you. Qualified participants receive study-related medication and care and reimbursement for time and travel. To learn more about our studies enrolling for AD, click on one of our three enrolling locations in Houston, Lake Charles, and McAllen.
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