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Understanding Alzheimer’s

By Frank Esterle

Why Early Detection is Important

Home Helpers® Home Care is dedicated to providing the most effective method of home care services regardless of your family’s unique situation, including elder care services such as Alzheimer’s Disease. As the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s currently does not have a cure. Perhaps you’ve seen the TV/print/online campaign, however, stating that the first survivor of Alzheimer’s is out there. Until then, however, it’s important to know the 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Early detection has many advantages, including having a better chance of benefitting from treatment, more time to make choices that maximize the quality of life, and an opportunity to make plans for the future. If you see any of the following signs in someone you care about, make a doctor’s appointment for them as quickly as possible.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

  1. Memory Loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images
  6. New problems with writing and speaking
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality 

The Alzheimer’s Association does a wonderful job of raising awareness and raising funds for research to find a cure for this horrible disease. Visit ALZ.org for more details, including a Doctor’s Appointment Checklist that you can complete ahead of time and take with you when you visit.

At Home Helpers of Lehigh Valley, we understand how to work with families as they face an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Those in the early stages might benefit from our line of Direct Link® personal emergency response systems and medical alert systems, which provide 24-hour monitoring and peace of mind for families. Further, we have Exceptional Caregivers who are experienced in providing compassionate dementia care. They understand it’s the disease, not the client, which can be difficult to treat as it progresses. We’ll work with the family to match you with the right Caregiver for your situation.

I invite you to contact us at 610-838-7494 or visit our website https://www.homehelpershomecare.com/lehighvalley to schedule a free consultation to see how we can tailor an in-home care plan that meets the needs of your loved one and provides you the peace of mind you deserve. Our Vision is to be the extended family when the family can’t be there by delivering the same exceptional care we would want for our own loved one. We take this seriously and would love to work with you to design a plan that meets your needs and budget.