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Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most prevalent forms of dementia affecting older adults in the UK.
Understanding this illness, its progression, symptoms and available treatments can be crucial for those dealing with the disease, either directly or indirectly.
With firsthand experience, Nexus Care empathises with the emotional challenges faced by our clients and their loved ones.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that leads to memory loss and significant changes in cognitive abilities.
It is characterised by the abnormal accumulation of proteins around brain cells and tangled fibres within the cells.
These changes result in the death of brain cells and a continuous decline in brain function.
Alzheimer’s disease usually affects people over the age of 65, although early-onset Alzheimer’s can occur in individuals as young as 40.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease manifests through various symptoms which tend to develop slowly and worsen over time.
The most common early symptom is difficulty remembering newly learnt information.
As the condition progresses, memory problems become more severe and further symptoms can develop, including:
Treatment for Alzheimer’s disease
While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, certain treatments can slow the worsening of symptoms and improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their carers.
Ensuring you have the right care in place is crucial for taking care of yourself and having a tailored care plan can effectively oversee your condition and track its advancement.
If you need help with taking medication or preparing for the day, having a care plan ensures that you can feel at ease, knowing that the necessary support is available whenever it is needed.
Latest developments on Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s research is a dynamic field, with new discoveries and treatments constantly on the horizon.
Recent advancements include a promising drug called donanemab, after a global trial confirmed the slowing down of cognitive deterioration.
During the trials, it was observed that the progression of the disease was reduced by up to 33 per cent, enabling individuals to maintain a greater level of their daily activities and routines, such as cooking meals and engaging in hobbies.
While donanemab shows great potential, the medication is not without risks.
Find out more about donanemab here.
Support available for our clients
At Nexus Care we prioritise providing a secure, nurturing environment for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease right in the comfort of their own homes.
Our trained carers can offer around-the-clock, personalised care designed to manage symptoms and enhance our client’s quality of life.
Our services include:
While Alzheimer’s disease can be a daunting diagnosis, the growing understanding and continuous research into the disease provide hope for clients and their families.
At Nexus Care we remain committed to providing the highest quality of care for our clients, ensuring they lead a fulfilling life in a supportive environment.
At Nexus Care Services, we provide tailored care plans to support your individual needs. If you or a loved one needs support, contact us today at 0121 308 2906.