Alzheimer’s disease is a pathological process in which a persistent, gradually progressive decline occurs in a person’s intellectual abilities. The mechanism of development of this disease is associated with the gradual death of the cellular structures of the brain, due to which the following disorders develop:
Alzheimer’s disease is regarded as an acquired form of dementia. The likelihood of this pathological process’s occurrence increases significantly after the patient reaches the age of 65 years.
Most of a person’s intellectual abilities are completely degraded in the late stages of the disease’s progression. Patients experience memory lapses, difficulty making decisions, inability to carry out daily living tasks, general disorientation, and other challenges. In addition, Alzheimer’s disease provokes behavioral disorders associated with personality disorders.
Today there is no full-fledged treatment for this disease, and doctors can only reduce its progression rate and improve patients’ quality of life. For this reason, rehabilitation is paramount in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Effective, well-designed rehabilitation programs allow not only to improve the patient’s condition but, to some extent, even restore lost intellectual abilities.
Alzheimer’s disease is called a multifactorial disease. However, it is not contagious. The actual causes of degenerative processes in the brain remain unknown. But if we talk about the most likely predisposing factors, they include:
Today’s medicine cannot completely cure Alzheimer’s disease. However, conservative therapy tactics have been developed that help slow down the progression of the pathological process. At the same time, a systematic and integrated approach is critical, which includes:
Rehabilitation programs are an extension of the Alzheimer’s treatment process. Since this pathology cannot be cured entirely, rehabilitation doctors set themselves the goal of consolidating the result achieved during therapy and maintaining the patient’s mental and physical activity. Thanks to such actions, it is possible to delay the progression of the disease to a severe stage as much as possible while maintaining and even developing the human intellectual sphere.
Each patient’s rehabilitation program is individually developed at the Schmider Clinic for maximum effectiveness. Qualified rehabilitation physicians and specialists of related specialties participate in the processes of development and management of rehabilitation. The main areas of rehabilitation for patients with Alzheimer’s disease are:
In addition, Alzheimer’s rehabilitation programs include sensory exercises, memory therapy, occupational therapy, mind games, and more. It is essential to develop all functions and fully support the brain’s work to effectively slow down the progression of the pathological process and maximize the patient’s quality of life.