What You Need To Know About Alzheimer’s
Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease affects more than five million Americans? It is the most common form of dementia and accounts for between 60 and 80 percent of all dementia cases. Despite its prevalence, there are still many misconceptions about Alzheimer’s. In recognition of June being Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, Always Best Care is taking a closer look at what you need to know about this disease.
Alzheimer’s is progressive. That means that it becomes worse over time. Some people may not realize that a loved one has Alzheimer’s at first because their symptoms may be minimal. However, as time goes on, it becomes progressively worse and they have more problems with memory, behavior, and cognitive tasks.
Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. Not all seniors develop Alzheimer’s, and there are different types of dementia. While age is a major risk factor, there are younger adults who develop this disease as well. It is known as early-onset or younger-onset Alzheimer’s.
Early detection and treatment may help slow progression. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s but early detection can allow seniors to be proactive in participating in activities to support brain health and memory. They may also benefit from current treatment options or clinical trials. Recognizing that Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, seniors can focus on spending more quality time with family and friends doing things they enjoy before their memory begins to decline even more. If you or a family member believes your senior parent has Alzheimer’s, schedule a doctor’s visit as soon as possible.
Alzheimer’s disease may be complicated by other health conditions. Memory problems can make it more difficult to manage conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure. Seniors may have more trouble remembering to take medication or making healthy dietary choices.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be stressful. It can put strain on individuals and families trying to provide adequate care for their loved one while also balancing their own lives. There are a lot of elements to coordinate. It is important to have a strong support system and resources in place such as an in-home caregiver who can help with daily care and reduce stress. Our local Plymouth Meeting, PA office hosts a monthly Caregiver support group the first Tuesday of every month.
Research continues. There is a still a lot to learn about Alzheimer’s disease, but researchers are discovering more every day regarding causes, prevention, and treatment. Stay alert so that you know what is happening and can be a stronger advocate for research and potential therapies.
Many online tools are available through the Alzheimer’s Association. Take a look at what’s available here.
Make your loved one’s quality of life – and your own – a priority when dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. Take advantage of services such as Always Best Care which can provide high quality in-home care for your senior. Caregivers are trained in working with seniors with Alzheimer’s and creating a safe, supportive environment. You don’t have to manage everything on your own; help is available. Call 267-217-7059 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how Always Best Care Senior Services, Plymouth Meeting, PA can support your loved one’s needs.