Caregivers Guide to AT for Alzheimer's Disease
AD is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells. It causes a loss in memory, thinking, and language skills as well as changes in behavior. According to the National Institute on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center, AD occurs in three stages. These include mild, moderate, and severe. Each stage is characterized by physical and behavioral symptoms that intensify from one stage to the next. So, as a caregiver, you are relied on more heavily as your care recipient (e.g., patient, family member, or friend) progresses through the stages.
A wide selection of assistive technology (AT) products are available to help you and your care recipient. This guide provides you with information about some common symptoms of AD and an overview of several type of AT products that may help you and your care recipient manage them.