TLC Costa Brava
Memory Care Specialists

702-228-1770

6737 Costa Brava Rd, Las Vegas NV 89146

what is Dementia/alzhiemers?

There are many different labels used to define Dementia including: Senile Dementia of the Alzhiemers type (SDAT), Alzheimer’s, Parkinson Dementia, Pick’s Disease, Lewey body Dementia, Alcohol related Dementia and Vascular Dementia which is from TIA’s or Strokes.

Behaviors frequently seen in a person diagnosed with Dementia, include varied degrees of paranoia, lack of insight & judgment on what they are able to do for themselves or what they can do on their own, for instance most will think they can drive, live alone, do shopping and manage finances, when the reality is they are unable to explain how they would get to the store, use a shopping list, get the items back home and how they would pay for it. The lack of insight and poor judgment due to the Dementia causes them to get frustrated, angry or agitated if you challenge them or try to explain their deficits.

It’s important to be aware that many seniors with dementia also have other over lapping chronic illnesses, mobility issues read more..

In the end, all types of dementia have similar signs and symptoms; memory loss or cognitive impairment, lack of insight and judgment, paranoia and or delusions. In most cases there are several causes and disease processes that affect the brain as we age, making any one label less reliable. Young people tend to have a single cause.

Alzheimer’s type Dementia is reported to be is the most common form of Dementia and refers to beta amyloid with plaques and tangles as identifying data, but a great deal of that data was gathered before there were MRI’s & CT’s of the head. These tests can now identify people with vascular dementia or small strokes. If this technology were available the numbers of cases with other types of dementia would have would have undoubtedly impacted the data. read more..

Dementia & Alzheimer’s Treatment

Most professionals agree the preferred treatment for Dementia & Alzheimer’s is behavioral therapy, but it should be noted that it takes a lot of time, skill & continuity of care to provide behavioral therapy effectively. Many patients may benefit from a combination of medication and behavioral therapy..

Common Medications to treat the varied symptoms of Dementia or Alzheimer’s are Aricept, Namenda, Excelon, Galantamine, Seroquel & Risperdal to name a few.

There are many types of Behavioral therapies but the key to effective behavioral therapies is having a consistent, well trained, staff who have the skills to effectively communicate with the resident produce the best outcome.

For example, it is often difficult for caregivers and or family members to understand that if you are dealing with a person who has irrational ideas or is resistant to care you should not challenge them.

This is where training, skill and experience are essential to knowing how to properly redirect the person exhibiting these behaviors. Whether its music therapy, pet therapy or art therapy, physical activity, knowing each residents particular behaviors and implementing the appropriate behavioral therapies that work for each individual is essential to providing the best care. Many facilities & institutions seem to undervalue the importance of behavioral therapy and have minimal staffing who are usually pressed for time to complete the physical care tasks and do not have time, training or skill to provide behavior therapy.

At TLC, Costa Brava behavioral therapy is a main focus. Our hands on management from the MD & RN along with our high staff ratio and highly trained staff allow us to provide consistent behavioral therapies & build personal relationships with each resident.

How to cope with a loved ones Dementia

It is often very difficult for family members & caregivers to understand and cope with all that is associated with Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Most of us wish we could keep our loved ones at home and care for them through the last stages of life, but this is often not practical or doable.

The first step in coping is to be objective and identify what the issues are. What are the symptoms your loved one is displaying? Memory loss, lack of insight and judgement etc. Is your loved one safe to be by themselves? Do they think they can take care of them self? Once you come to terms with the extent of the problem you need to evaluate your support systems and how the process of caregiving will take a toll on the entire social system. read more..

Choosing a facility that has a care team that has well developed social/interpersonal skills, provides continuity of care and values input from family and friends when providing care/treatment is the best way to help you cope.

By choosing the right care team you are able to relieve much of the stress and anxiety that goes along for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia because you will feel confident they are being well cared for and you will have an extended support team for yourself as well.