What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. The symptoms typically develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases. Contrary to what some people might think , Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. Although the majority of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are above the age of 65, approximately 200,000 Americans younger than that are diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Common symptoms of Alzheimer’s
If you are worried a loved one might be developing Alzheimer’s there are a few things to look out for. The biggest sign is “memory loss that disrupts daily life”. You might notice your loved one forgetting recently learned information; forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over again; or relying on someone else to handle those thing for them. Misplacing things is something that most of us probably do almost everyday, however if your loved one is doing it with more frequency and has lost the ability to retrace their steps, that is a potential sign of Alzheimer’s. Another common warning sign is if they get confused by time. People with Alzheimer’s lose track of date, seasons, and the passage of time. They may forget where they are or how they got there.
Unfortunately there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. It is a progressive disease that worsens with time. Symptoms can be treated and research continues on it. However if a loved one has the disease it can be hard to take care of there individual needs alone. That is why it is good idea to consider an in home caregiver.
How a caregiver can help with Alzheimer’s Care
When a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the news can be devastating for the individual as well as his or her family. Alzheimer’s disease can make it difficult to remain independent. Children of people with Alzheimer’s are concerned that their parents will no longer be able to care for themselves and may become confused and get lost or injured.
Moving a person with Alzheimer’s disease into a nursing home can be a challenge. For someone whose memory is in decline, a new environment with unfamiliar people can feel frightening and overwhelming. Many seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease would prefer to be able to stay in their homes that are familiar and comfortable to them.
If your parent has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he or she will most likely need care in order to make sure that he or she is safe and remains healthy. Dependable Care can help. Our non-medical caregivers can assist senior citizens with Alzheimer’s disease with personal care, such as bathing, as well as housekeeping and meal preparation. They can make sure that your parent’s home remains clean and safe and that he or she receives the best in-home care possible.
A caregiver can also help keep your parent’s mind sharp. A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health found that conversing with Alzheimer’s patients can help them retain the ability to communicate. A companion can encourage your mother or father to participate in conversation to keep him or her alert and engaged. A caregiver can encourage your parent to express any needs or concerns he or she has and help find solutions to problems.
A caregiver can also make sure your parent receives the medical care he or she needs. Our staff can remind seniors to take their medication as prescribed and transport clients to and from medical appointments.
Contact us about Alzheimer’s care
Our staff can provide care as needed or around the clock. Live-in caregivers are available to provide 24-hour care as needed to keep your parent safe and healthy.
Prior to the first visit, our nurse will conduct an initial assessment of your parent’s home. The nurse will assess the safety of the environment and may recommend changes and upgrades, such as shower bars and door alarms.
If your parent is struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, the care and support he or she needs is just a phone call away. Dependable Care’s staff of caregivers can provide the support and care that seniors with Alzheimer’s need to remain in their homes and have the best quality of life they can.