Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. It is the most common type of dementia and is not a normal part of aging.
Some people notice changes in themselves before anyone else does. For other people, friends and family are the first to see changes in memory, behavior, or abilities. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s;
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficultly completing familiar tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
Each person’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease is different. Heathline.com provides some key details about this condition:
- Its symptoms come on gradually, and the effects on the brain are degenerative, meaning they cause slow decline.
- Anyone can get Alzheimer’s disease, but certain people are at higher risk for it. This includes people over age 65 and those with a family history of the condition.
- There’s no single expected outcome for people with Alzheimer’s. Some people live a long time with mild cognitive damage, while others experience a more rapid onset of symptoms and quicker disease progression.
- There’s no cure for Alzheimer’s yet, but treatment can help slow the progression of the disease and may improve quality of life.
If you have a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, you understand the challenges that present themselves daily. Professional Caregivers can be a valuable addition to your loved one’s care team. Some benefits of in-home care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s include:
- Familiar environments offer a great deal of security
- Daily routines help bring sense of normalcy
- Sensory stimulation can offer positive effects on health
- Assistance with daily living activities, such as eating, dressing and bathing
- A much-needed break for the family caregiver
Alzheimer’s brings challenges like no other disease. At Home Helpers® we can provide the help and companionship needed along the way to keep your loved one at home for as long as possible.