Alzeihmer’s Disease

Alzeihmer’s Disease is a progressive degenerative disorder of the brain, involving shrinkage and death of the brain tissue. It leads to memory loss, personality changes, and death.

Massage:

• touch is very calming to the patient, even during the advanced stages.

• Massage does not slow or reverse the disease, but it may improve the quality of life for the patient.

Considerations / Contraindications:

• Be aware of other accumulated disorders especially with the elderly.

• Patient may have an inability to communicate verbally.

Signs and Symptoms:

1. No impairment

2. very mild decline ( “pre Alzheimer’s”)

3. mild dementia ( some memory and word loss)

4. moderate dementia ( loss of some skills; social withdrawal)

5. Moderately severe dementia ( assistance is needed for complex tasks)

6. Severe dementia ( profound memory loss, personality changes, disorientation, loss of bladder/ bowel control)

7. very severe dementia ( loss of language, muscle control)

Treatment:

• some drugs can slow progress, if caught early.

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