September is a significant month for us as it marks World Alzheimer’s Month, raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and promoting understanding and support for those affected. Throughout this month, efforts are intensified to shed light on the challenges faced by Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, emphasizing the importance of compassion in their care.
Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating condition affecting millions worldwide, making World Alzheimer’s Month a binding initiative. The awareness campaign aims to educate the public about Alzheimer’s, its symptoms, its progression, and its impact on patients and their families.
Alzheimer’s awareness is not confined to a single day but extends throughout the month, culminating on World Alzheimer’s Day, observed on September 21. On this day, the global community comes together to amplify the conversation around Alzheimer’s, its impact, and the urgent need for improved care and research. It’s a day to show solidarity with patients and their families, advocating for a better understanding of the disease and increased support networks.
Hospice care for Alzheimer’s patients
One of the critical aspects of Alzheimer’s awareness is highlighting the significance of hospice care for these patients. Hospice care provides specialized support for individuals in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease, focusing on enhancing their quality of life and providing comfort.
Caregivers play a pivotal role in the lives of Alzheimer’s patients, providing love, assistance, and support during every stage of the disease. World Alzheimer’s Month recognizes and honors these caregivers, acknowledging their tremendous sacrifices and emphasizing the importance of self-care and mental well-being for caregivers. It’s crucial to raise awareness about caregivers’ challenges and offer resources and assistance to help them navigate their caregiving journey effectively.
Dementia FAST scale
Healthcare professionals often use the dementia FAST (functional assessment staging tool) scale to evaluate the progression of dementia and tailor care plans to meet each patient’s unique needs. The FAST scale includes seven levels:
No functional or cognitive impairment
Early functional changes
Mild functional losses
Moderate functional losses
Moderately severe functional losses
Severely impaired functional abilities
World Alzheimer’s Month in September serves as a critical reminder to society to unite in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a time to increase awareness, show compassion towards Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, and advocate for improved hospice care and support systems.
At Ascend Hospice Care, we work together to create a world where individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease are treated with dignity, respect, and the highest quality of care.