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Alzheimer's Disease Report Focuses on Long-Term Care Challenge

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The mounting problem of caring for an aging population isn't unique to the U.S., according to a new report from the coalition Alzheimer's Disease International.

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Ravenna C (20)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 1:00 pm
I can tell you that the average person has no clue about the explosion of Alzheimer's/Dementia Patients that is happening and is going to happen. In just a couple of Long Term Care Facilities, that I personally know of, they have "outgrown" the units that were specifically designated for those with Organic Brain Disorders (Dementia).

They didn't have run out of room on those units, so then they had to put the overflow with the patients who are not suffering from Dementia. That means overburdening an already overburdened nursing staff with patients who require extrememley close supervision. It is especially hard on the Alzheimer's patients because they really need a specific kind of environment in order to give them the best possible care.

Their needs are different from other patients who have physical problems but not dementia. The care needed is totally different. For instance, one of the things that helps Alzheimer's patients is to turn down the lights and quiet everything down in the afternoon..from about 2-4. It helps with "Sundowning" symptoms. It is very common for Alzheimer's patients to become increasingly combative in the moderate/late stages of the disease process. They must be on locked units for their own safety whereas other patients are able to come and go as they please.
Those with dementia need specialized care and can't/shouldn't be mixed in with those that don't have the same needs for the simple reason that it puts both patient populations as well as staff in dangerous situations.
Our Aged population is so very vulnerable and those with dementia are even more so. They need strong advocates in Washington. The problem is that those with Lobbying $ and those making Laws probably won't ever face the prospect of a nursing home and even if they do they will be able to afford a luxurious private pay facility.
They don't care because it won't affect them and those that would vote about it are in no position to lobby or even remember to write a letter to their congressman. They also don't have any money, which makes them even less visible to Washington.

Mari 's (1356)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 3:58 pm
Noted sadly I have watched family members come down with this and have even helped care for them.

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Sheri J (16)
Monday October 7, 2013, 10:27 am
If you are a caregiver of an alzheimers or dementia patient to take them to adult daycare so you can get respite for yourself and so they can be watched. When you take care of yourself, you can care for your loved one longer. It does take a lot of physical and emotional stamina to be a caregiver. No one can understand unless they've been in our position. And also medicaid pays for adult daycare, check with your loved one's medicaid of how many days they can cover for adult daycare.
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