The Hebrew Home at Riverdale has been at the forefront nationally in conducting research and creating landmark award-winning programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease under its National Alzheimer Center , an arm of the Hebrew Home’s research division.
The Greenberg-Starr Memory Support Center, environmentally designed to accommodate the atypical lifestyle of Alzheimer’s residents, provides a pioneering program of alternative therapies that promote sensory and mental stimulation including aroma therapy, light therapy, massage, acupressure, pet therapy, tai chi, yoga, meditation, creative arts and physical and cognitive exercise. Through the National Alzheimer Center, research is ongoing to study the progress and to identify the concepts in care that enhance quality of life for this population so that it can be replicated throughout the country.
For those people with Alzheimer’s disease who live at home, ElderServe at Night is the only program of its kind in the country which provides overnight care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and respite for their family caregivers. The program has received national and international recognition with healthcare leaders from around the world visiting in an effort to replicate it.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Alzheimer’s Disease
• What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
• Who gets Alzheimer’s Disease?
• Should people with Alzheimer’s Disease live at home?
• Is there a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease?
• What are treatment options for Alzheimer’s Disease?
• Are vitamins effective in treating Alzheimer’s Disease?
• What can I do to help slow down Alzheimer’s Disease?
• How can Alzheimer’s caregivers get support for themselves?
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive form of dementia that results in a gradual loss of brain function over time. One’s behavior, memory and cognitive abilities are all affected by this disease.
Who gets Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s Disease primarily affects people ages 60 and older, although men and women in their 40’s and 50’s are also diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. The risk of having Alzheimer’s increases with age. Researchers do not know what causes Alzheimer’s, but one’s genes play an important role in the development of the disease, and it is therefore considered a genetic disease.
Should people with Alzheimer’s Disease live at home?
There are indicators to look for when determining if your family member should continue to live at home, or live in a facility. Some factors to consider include if your loved one:
• Is isolated
• is non-communicative
• Is a danger to him/herself
• is wandering
• Is unable to perform daily routines independently
• Is depressed
If you are concerned that your family member is not happy, not safe or not receiving proper care at home, then it is time to look for help. Research local support groups, community programs, facilities and other resources that meet the needs of your family. Research initiatives conducted by local hospitals frequently take place and are also beneficial to learn about.
Is there a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease?
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, but there are several medications available via a doctor’s subscription that will help slow down the progression of the disease.
What are treatment options for Alzheimer’s Disease?
Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, there are medications available to treat the progressive development of the disease. There are two categories of medications approved by the Federal Drug Administration: cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine. Cholinesterase inhibitors are for early to moderate stages of the disease and slow down the progression of the disease for a short period of time, in about half the patients who take them. Memantine is for moderate to severe stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and may help patients with day-to-day functioning. Your doctor can provide greater details and determine if these medications are right for the Alzheimer’s patient.
Are vitamins effective in treating Alzheimer’s Disease?
Vitamin E is sometimes prescribed by doctors for the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease because it is an antioxidant and can protect brain tissue. As with any medication, check with your doctor before taking Vitamin E.
What can I do to help slow down Alzheimer’s Disease?
The National Alzheimer Center suggests maintaining one’s brain ability with easy, every day steps, such as working on crossword puzzles and brainteasers, writing poems or even learning a new instrument. Eating unprocessed, natural and organic food is also beneficial to your brain and body. In addition, daily exercise and taking up a new sport are helpful. The National Alzheimer Center also recommends joining a book club – reading and remembering details from a book selection, and then discussing them are great for your brain!
How can Alzheimer’s caregivers get support for themselves?
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be challenging and frustrating. Caregivers should not feel as if they are caring for their loved one alone. Find local support groups, community programs, lecture series, and other resources available in your area. Use the Internet to research and gain insights into the disease, and to locate local services. As a caregiver, do not forget to take care of yourself! It is essential to prevent your own burnout by getting appropriate help for your loved one, maintaining your own schedule and routines as much as possible, and doing things for yourself from time to time.
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About National Alzheimer Center
• What is National Alzheimer Center?
• How does the National Alzheimer Center help those with Alzheimer’s?
• How can I learn more about National Alzheimer Center?
• What services does the National Alzheimer Center provide?
What is National Alzheimer Center?
The Hebrew Home at Riverdale has been at the forefront nationally in conducting research and creating landmark award-winning programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease under its National Alzheimer Center, an arm of the Hebrew Home’s research division. The Hebrew Home's Research Division and National Alzheimer Center are committed to improving the quality of life for residents and clients with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Founded in the mid-1980s, the Research Division is internationally known for its contributions to long term health care. Funded by grants from both the federal and state governments and from foundations. The Research Division is uniquely positioned to develop new approaches to address the needs of the elderly.
How does the National Alzheimer Center help those with Alzheimer’s?
While the National Alzheimer Center is primarily research driven, it recently launched its first app, specifically designed for Alzheimer’s caregivers, named Balance. Balance is designed to help family members better manage caring for an Alzheimer’s patient by facilitating ongoing communication among multiple caregivers, tracking and sharing changes in real-time with the patient’s doctor(s), learning about the latest developments in the disease and getting vital information about what to expect as Alzheimer’s progresses in their loved one.
How can I learn more about National Alzheimer Center?
To learn more about the National Alzheimer Center, visit hebrewhome.org.
What services does the National Alzheimer Center provide?
The National Alzheimer Center provides emotional and psychological support options for its patients’ loved ones and caregivers.
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