In the Alzheimer’s patient, as the disease runs its course it destroys a great deal of the billions of nerve cells in the brain. Nerve cells communicate bits of information back and forth via some special chemicals that are produced in the brain. The disease also disrupts the production of these neurotransmitters.
The marvelous brain
The brain in the normal person can think, ponder, calculate, reason and remember because of this unique system of cells and chemicals. Our brain can feel consciousness, feel emotion and express feelings, learn new things and create. It can also relate all these thoughts, feelings and experiences to each other. Our brain also allows us to adapt to things around us.
Knowledge, memory, skills learned, ways of interacting, etc. are all part of what makes up our identity. Our knowledge and the way we use it is what makes us individual and conscious of our identity. As we grow older, we will sometimes not be able to recall details as quickly or accurately as before. These are often small, subtle changes. Sometimes it can get quite frustrating to not be able to recall something that was easy to remember at an earlier age.
Alzheimer’s disease changes the brain
As the elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s disease gradually loses her ability to think, reason, remember and even react and behave like she used to, it is normal to feel a loss. We may feel our relationship with the loved one has changed. We may also be feeling their loss of physical and mental acuity.
Alzheimer’s changes the way the patient’s brain thinks. This is important for family and elderly health care professionals to know. There may only be bits of a memory and she must piece them together to make sense, so to us it seems like a different memory. It may help you to know that she is not changing memories on purpose. She is only doing what she feels she must do to retain her identity.
The dramatic behavior changes you will see are not a change in personality per se, nor are they necessarily a different emotional state. Rather, the disease directly affects the way in which the patient’s mind works. Often, she is aware that she is having memory difficulties, but there is nothing she can do about it. She may feel that she is losing her identity or that she doesn’t want to show anyone else that she cannot remember, so she will put together what she can remember in a way that makes sense to her.
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Home to Stay Senior Care Solutions is owned and operated by the Dubler and Skole Families and was started because of experiences they had with their own Families. In one situation Mom was living alone and had a fall. It was not until this fall that the family realized they were unprepared.
When it was time for their Mom to come home, she needed companion and personal care to assist her and prevent another accident. Like most people in this situation, they were confused and did not know where to go for help. It was this life-changing experience that lead to starting a home care company that is focused on enabling those who wish to stay at home and age in place.
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