Facing Alzheimer’s and dementia can be overwhelming, but there is still hope. Our unique approach to Alzheimer’s and memory care offers hope, help, and health every step of the way. Avista Senior Living has partnered with dementia experts from A Mind for All Seasons to develop a one-of-a-kind Alzheimer’s treatment program called the Enhance Protocol™. Call 480-418-9691 to speak with our memory care experts and learn more today.
Is Alzheimer’s the end of the road?
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that leads to the loss of memory. It is the leading cause of dementia in older adults. The disease is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer, who discovered a buildup of protein tangles and plaques in the brain of her patient. Alzheimer’s is caused by many different factors, and symptoms vary from person to person. According to the National Institute of Aging, the very early signs of dementia include struggling to find the right words, vision/spatial issues, and impaired reasoning. People with Alzheimer’s will often struggle to complete daily tasks such as cooking and driving. These symptoms may be evidence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI); however, not everyone with MCI will develop Alzheimer’s. Up until now, there hasn’t really been an Alzheimer’s treatment program.
Like Having Holes in your Roof
A brain with Alzheimer’s is like a roof with 50 holes in it; if one hole is patched, the roof will still leak. Drug trials for Alzheimer’s have been unsuccessful because they addressed only one factor at a time. The work of Dr. Dale Bredesen and others has shown that Alzheimer’s is largely preventable when the ‘leaks in the roof’ are found and patched very early. People already living with advanced stages of the disease process also experience improvement when the root causes of their decline are identified and treated.
What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease?
Dementia is a broader term, whereas Alzheimer’s disease is a specific type of dementia that is also the most common cause of dementia in older adults. There are other types and causes of dementia. Dementia is the loss of thinking, reasoning and memory abilities. You have a loved one who forgets where they are or struggles to remember the names of people and places. In dementia, this loss becomes so severe that it interferes with everyday life skills. Dementia causes confusion which can lead to feelings of frustration. Signs of dementia may include mood swings and irritability. The causes of dementia include the increased loss of brain neurons. But know that there is help available. If you are worried about early signs of dementia in someone you love, call our experts today to discuss your options. Our Enhance Protocol is designed to improve cognitive function.
Integrative vs. Conventional Medicine
In conventional medicine, medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists, and therapists) treat dementia symptoms and diseases such as Alzheimer’s using drugs or surgery.
Integrative medicine (IM) is healing-oriented medicine that takes into account the whole person. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient and makes use of all appropriate therapies for disease and dementia.
Instead of trying to address all of the different factors that contribute to dementia with a “miracle drug,” the Enhance Protocol takes all the good of conventional medicine but also includes the healing power of foods, vitamins, minerals, hormones, sleep, and lifestyle. It uses all appropriate therapies to address the causes of disease and dementia. Instead of addressing Alzheimer’s disease one factor at a time, Enhance works to patch as many of the “holes in the roof” as possible.
What is the Enhance Protocol™?
The Enhance Protocol™ is a cutting-edge Alzheimer’s treatment program designed to actually improve the cognitive functioning of our residents and their families. This protocol is based on research by renowned neurologist Dr. Dale Bredesen and opens a pathway to improve cognitive functioning for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The treatment program can be beneficial not only in a memory care settings but also in assisted living and independent living settings. The Enhance Protocol offers something for everyone wanting to improve brain health. If you would like to speak with someone to learn how the Enhance Protocol can help you, call our experts at 480-418-9691.
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How Does an Alzheimer’s Treatment Program Make Us Different Than Other Communities?
Simply put, we can often stabilize and potentially improve the cognitive functioning of those with dementia, rather than simply provide good care in the midst of continual decline. We also offer the Enhance Protocol™ to the families of our residents to help each person optimize his or her cognitive health.
When you choose to participate in the Enhance Protocol™, your loved one receives a thorough assessment called a Cognability™ Screening. This screening includes cognitive testing, a health and life history review, and a broad panel of lab work to identify what is negatively impacting your loved one’s cognitive health. We then work with the experts at A Mind For All Seasons and a trained group of local medical providers to develop a personalized treatment plan we call the ‘roadmap.’ This roadmap is tied to Dr. Bredesen’s protocol and allows us to identify areas of the brain and body that need optimization! This plan will include but is not limited to:
- A medication review to identify potential ways to reduce the amount of medication your loved one uses.
- The addition of supplements to replace nutrients your loved one is deficient in.
- A specially trained memory coach at the community who is assigned to the residents that choose to be on the Enhance Protocol™. This memory coach coordinates all aspects of the program and tracks your loved one’s progress.
- A multifaceted dietary approach including the introduction of green smoothies to the resident’s daily routine.
- A greater emphasis on restful sleep to ensure your loved one gets as much uninterrupted rest as possible.
- A focus on exercise. The residents are encouraged and assisted by our team on-site or by local physical/occupational therapy providers to get the proper amount of daily, weekly, and monthly exercise.
- Innovative brain training programs where residents have opportunities to be challenged and engaged in meaningful ways.
- Quarterly review of the program with our multi-disciplinary team and each resident’s family representative.
- And more
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