When is Forgetfulness a Red Flag? Dementia Detection Through Senior Care Services


 When is Forgetfulness a Red Flag? Dementia Detection Through Senior Care Services

As the “baby boom” generation ages past 65 and lifespans continue to lengthen, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s and dementia will reach unprecedented heights.

In 1997, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States was 2.32 million. A more recent report by the journal of Neurology estimates that 4.7 million Americans aged 65 or older are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that this number will grow to 13.8 million by 2050 (Hebert et al., 2013).

Similarly, dementia rates throughout the country are high; Langa et al. (2017) estimate that 8.8% of the population live with dementia.

But there’s good news, too: dementia care is improving every day, and high quality senior care services can help your loved one lead a better life. In fact, a comparison of dementia rates in 2000 and 2012 found a 2.8% decline in dementia rates, suggesting that brain health improved as a result of educational attainment, better control of cardiovascular risk factors, and senior care services like ours (Langa et al., 2017).

Today’s post explains how ABC Greater Milwaukee’s senior care services help Brookfield, Wisconsin residents identify early onset dementia and implement the care they need to improve quality of life. Read on to learn the point at which forgetfulness

Dementia Care and Detection With Senior Care Services in Brookfield, Wisconsin

We provide Alzheimer’s and dementia care as part of our Home Helper senior program. Whether your loved one requires the occasional helping hand or round-the-clock senior care services, our team can help.

All of our dementia caregivers are highly trained, and fully bonded, insured, and vetted through thorough criminal background checks. In addition to their regular training, our staff receive ongoing education in dementia care to stay apprised of new developments in this field.

At Always Best Care Greater Milwaukee, we understand the challenges involved in caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia; every day brings new trials as moods, abilities and patterns of behavior change.

These same factors make diagnosing dementia inherently difficult, as a parent may be completely lucid in one moment and utterly confused in the next. To further complicate the matter, transience, absent mindedness, and forgetfulness are often considered normal age-related symptoms.

To help you understand your aging parents care needs, we’ve prepared a list of red flags to watch for:

  • Forgetting important information. Though it is normal to forget the occasional appointment or date, important information like the names of loved ones should not slip away.
  • Major personality changes. The sudden onset of paranoia, aggression, or impulsiveness is a common symptom of dementia and Alzheimer’s. These personality changes are often quite difficult for families to deal with.
  • Frequent disorientation in new places. Dementia sufferers may frequently lose track of time or place, or otherwise becomes extremely confused and insecure in new environments.

Of course, the best way to determine your loved one’s care needs is to book a free consultation with a representative for our senior care services in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Dementia care is an easy add-on to any existing program you have with ABC Greater Milwaukee, and we can help with your financing and insurance coverage – call 262-721-0765 to learn more!

References

Brookmeyer, R., Gray, S., & Kawas, C. (1998). Projections of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States and the public health impact of delaying disease onset. American Journal of Public Health, 88(9), 1337-1342.

Hebert, L. E., Weuve, J., Scherr, P. A., & Evans, D. A. (2013). Alzheimer disease in the United States (2010–2050) estimated using the 2010 census. Neurology, 80(19), 1778-1783.

Langa, K. M., Larson, E. B., Crimmins, E. M., Faul, J. D., Levine, D. A., Kabeto, M. U., & Weir, D. R. (2017). A comparison of the prevalence of dementia in the United States in 2000 and 2012. JAMA Internal Medicine, 177(1), 51-58.

Plassman, B. L., Langa, K. M., Fisher, G. G., Heeringa, S. G., Weir, D. R., Ofstedal, M. B., … & Steffens, D. C. (2007). Prevalence of dementia in the United States: the aging, demographics, and memory study. Neuroepidemiology, 29(1-2), 125-132.

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