For those elders diagnosed with ACA (Acute Cerebellar Ataxia), treatment is not always required. This is only if the ACA was onset due to a virus, however. If the ACA is due to another reason altogether, there may have to be some specific treatment depending on the cause of the ACA. The variation consists of:
- The fact that surgery may be required if the condition is the result of bleeding in the cerebellum.
- Antibiotics may be required if there is an infection.
- Blood thinners can help if a stroke caused the ACA.
- There are also medications that can be prescribed to directly treat inflammation of the cerebellum.
Caregivers, listen up. If your client or family member has ACA, they will most likely need help with daily tasks – even if those tasks are not in your wheel well.
Things such as special eating utensils and adaptive devices may be required. Adaptive devices can vary from a simple cane to speaking aids if so required.
Your client or loved one may also require physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. Many times it is proven to be very beneficial to help your clients/loved ones change their lifestyle. A change of diet and implementing nutritional supplements can really help to relieve the symptoms of ACA.
It is always wise to ensure good habits in your clients. It is not always easy for them to make the change, but gradual is at least something! And, it is definitely something you will want to do to prove once again that With Age Comes Respect.