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Chasing ‘Alternative’ Treatment or Care Options for a Senior with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Brick NJ

Ever since your father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you’ve been worried about his future. You’ve been doing whatever you can to take care of him, and that’s been quite a lot. It’s taken a significant toll on your life, your family, and your friendships.

Alzheimer's Care in Brick NJ

Alzheimer’s Care in Brick NJ

It may have even started taking a toll on your work life. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. The signs and symptoms are going to increase as the years progress. Your father will have more and more struggles in life, making it almost impossible for him to properly care for himself and stay safe without extra help.

In today’s medical and scientific communities, there are millions upon millions of dollars being poured into Alzheimer’s research. There are doctors and scientists, researchers who have been working tirelessly to try and find a cure for this disease and other forms of dementia.

Currently, there are an estimated 5.4 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s (Alzheimer’s Association). Many of them are being cared for by family members, at least during the earlier stages of the disease.

Many of these people are desperate for a cure or treatment that can help improve quality of life, bring back memory, or at least prevent memory from continuing to decline.

What happens when people chase these alternative treatments? 

‘Alternative’ can mean many things to many different people. In a general sense, an alternative treatment option may be something not sanctioned by the medical community. Does that mean it’s not appropriate or will never work?

No, but if it’s considered alternative, it hasn’t gone through proper research and studies. It may be effective, but it may be little more than snake oil.

During the earliest part of the 20th century, con artists would go around from town to town selling magic potions that were said to cure any number of ailments. They would have ‘plants’ in their audience, people who worked with them, but didn’t arrive with them at the same time into that town. These ‘plants’ would have some type of illness common among the people in that area.

They would use this lotion or medicine and suddenly be cured. It was nothing more than water or snake oil. It was an underhanded effort to steal money from desperate people.

In today’s world, there are plenty of people just like those snake oil salesmen from the earliest part of the 20th century all promising remedies, treatments, and solutions that they promise work.

There may be no research or evidence to support those claims. The best thing anyone can do right now for a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is to encourage them to rely on experienced care. Developing a routine, staying mentally stimulated, and helping them remain engaged in life is the best way to promote a higher quality of life not just at the moment, but possibly into the future.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Brick, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.

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Judah Schuster LNHA, CDI

Dynamic Administrator at Care Street Home Care
Judah is the administrator of Care Street Home Care Agency servicing central and northern NJ. Care Street provides unique staffing options to allow seniors to age in place- in the comfort of their own home. Judah, who is a certified Dementia instructor, has provided Dementia training to hundreds of families, facilities and clinical staff over the last 3 years. He personally ensures that every employee of Care Street is proficient in Dementia care prior to being hired. This provides piece of mind for families who want to ensure that their loved one with Dementia is being cared for by the most experienced staff.

Prior to assuming his current position, Judah served as assistant administrator at Atlantic Coast Rehab (Lakewood, NJ) as well as Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington, NJ)

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