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What Will Alzheimer’s Care Look Like in 10 Years?

Alzheimer's Care

Alzheimer’s Care

Modern society is changing so fast even the most advanced digital technology from 10 years ago is obsolete. Can it really be that smart phones were not in existence just 10 years ago? Yes, it can really be true. It’s the same with tablets.

When you’re talking about something as important as Alzheimer’s care, trying to predict how things will look in 10 years is often extremely challenging, if not downright misleading. What we need to understand is that things are going to be different, but just how much is all dependent on technology, innovation, financial supports, and so much more.

What can we consider?

During the past 10 years, Alzheimer’s research has made great strides in not just understanding the disease and how it affects people more, but also in developing certain medications that can control and even delay some aspects of memory loss, anxiety, and other symptoms of the disease.

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s at the moment, some are hopeful that there will be a cure within the next 10 years. That may or may not come to pass, but if it doesn’t, what will Alzheimer’s care actually look like?

It will probably be very similar to what we see today.

More and more people are understanding the benefits of remaining within the comfort of their home while dealing with this or some other form of dementia. Being surrounded by items of comfort, their bedroom, picture frames and other mementos, and so much more can all have incredible benefits for somebody dealing with memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

Home care support will be in much greater demand.

As a result of this, as more people understand the benefits of staying home as opposed to other living situations, they will also begin to realize that home care is an invaluable resource. The more experience a caregiver has in supporting somebody with Alzheimer’s or other forms dementia, the more beneficial it can be for the future.

In fact, there is research out there today indicating mental stimulation early on can actually delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss in the future. As more people become familiar with this type of research, they may get invested in routine, mental stimulation, and other activities that can be extremely beneficial as the disease moves forward.

Finally, technology will likely play an integral role in the support of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. This could include communication, direct medical care, mentally stimulating activities and games, and so on. The future may not feel wonderful for somebody recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but it gets brighter
and brighter with potential.

If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in Terrell, TX, please contact the caring staff at Visiting Angels. Call today: (972) 588-4534.

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William Butler

For 30 years I managed facilities. My first employer was Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman. This campus began as a 50 bed hospital. During the 12 years I worked there we added a Professional building and increased the bed count to 99 beds. We also added a Building for Trinity Valley Community College to teach nursing. My next employer was El Centro College where I started out managing a 369,374 sq. ft. college campus. Over the years we purchased an office building of 172,156 sq. ft. which we remodeled and moved our nursing program into. In addition to that I was given responsibility for 128,858 sq. ft. where we taught vocational programs. We then designed and built a 34,600 sq. ft. building as a satellite campus and finally I was given responsibility over a 37,888 sq. ft. office building for a grand total of 742,896 sq. ft.

In 2012 while still working at the college my wife of 45 years began to develop Alzheimer’s. She had always expressed the desire to remain in our home if something like this happened. I began to think of the various ways that I could fulfill her wish. After a great deal of deliberation our daughter and I decided that opening a Visiting Angels Franchise would be the best option. In August of 2013 we went to training and came home with a great deal of enthusiasm. We have been up and running for close to two years now and we have helped so many people that have the same desire as my wife. They have many different stories but they all have one thing in common they want to spend their last days in familiar surroundings with the memories of a life time.