Know the Facts About Seniors and Alzheimer’s Disease

Impacting over 5 million people in the U.S. alone, Alzheimer’s disease touches almost all of us in some way. Arm yourself with the facts you need about the disease in order to provide the best care for someone you love.

Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is devastating for both the senior diagnosed and his or her loved ones, and with millions of Americans given that diagnosis, it’s a disease that impacts so many of us. One of the most important steps we can all take is to learn as much as possible about Alzheimer’s, and since September is designated as World Alzheimer’s Month, it’s an ideal time for the Florida home care experts trusted by local families since 1992 – American, Advocate, Douglas and Whitsyms In-Home Care -- to share some facts to help you better assist a loved one with the disease.

What is Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s is a progressive form of dementia that impacts the areas of the brain responsible for memory, thinking, and language, making it increasingly difficult for a person with the disease to manage the daily activities of living. While the cause is still not fully understood, scientists believe it’s the result of a number of factors that could include age, family history, diet, environment, education, and more.

What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s? One of the first signs is usually memory loss that initially displays through repeating statements or questions, getting lost, forgetting the names of common objects, etc. Other symptoms include difficulty with managing finances, completing once-familiar tasks, losing objects, decreased judgment, and mood or behavioral changes.

What should I do if I suspect Alzheimer’s in a loved one? It’s important to schedule an appointment with the senior’s doctor as soon as symptoms begin to become evident, as early diagnosis is crucial to starting treatment. There are also other conditions that mimic Alzheimer’s, which the doctor will want to check for as well.

What happens next? If the doctor confirms a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, treatment will be recommended to slow or delay the progression of the disease. While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are ways to help better manage the symptoms and retain mental functioning for as long as possible.

It’s important for family caregivers of a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to receive ongoing support and to take breaks as needed. Providing dementia care can take a toll on one’s health – both physically and emotionally. Utilizing respite care can help family caregivers take time away from caregiving responsibilities in order to prevent burnout, depression, and other serious health risks.

As the Florida home care experts, our referred care providers are always on hand to help those with Alzheimer’s and the families who love them. Through trusted, compassionate, and creative in-home care that eases some of the more challenging aspects of the disease, such as wandering, sundowning, agitation, aggression, and more, we provide the respite care family caregivers need to take much-needed breaks from care.

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