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In Home Health Care Services & Alzheimer's in Dayton, OH

Sep 21, 2017 by Kristina Butler

Millions of American seniors suffer from Alzheimer's disease every year. Tens of millions more suffer worldwide, with an estimated 50 million cases of Alzheimer's disease internationally. Despite the growing prevalence of Alzheimer's disease in modern society, there is still a general lack of information about Alzheimer's disease, the warning signs, its progression, and the importance of early detection and diagnosis.


In Home Health Care Services Impact on Alzheimer's in Dayton, OH


September is World Alzheimer's Month with September 21st being World Alzheimer's Day. This year, the theme of the month is "Remember Me". It is hoped that by increasing general awareness of Alzheimer's disease, much misinformation can be replaced with facts and those that need the help can get it. This includes an awareness of the early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease, an understanding of how to get treatment for seniors who have dementia symptoms, and the provision of in-home health care services for seniors who would like to age in place despite their diagnosis.


The first step in early diagnosis is understanding the signs and symptoms of the disease. The most common signs of early stage dementia include:


  • Short-term memory loss. This goes beyond a few "senior moments." Frequent forgetfulness or an increased dependence on memory devices and reminders may be a sign that something is wrong.


  • Trouble completing tasks. An occasional slip is to be expected, but when regular tasks are left unfinished on a regular basis this should be noted. Often this sign is noticeable because dishes are piled up in the sink, much mail is left unopened, bills are left unpaid, and personal hygiene is lacking.


  • Simple Tasks are Forgotten. Alzheimer's also impacts a senior's ability to recall certain long-term information. This may manifest itself in many scary ways. For example, a senior may forget how to turn on the blinkers or windshield wipers in the care; they may forget how to use the microwave; or they may not remember how to use the shower. Initially, these forgetful spells may only last for a few moments, but they can lead to serious safety concerns.


  • Language. One of the most recognizable changes in a senior with early dementia is a change in verbal communication. Common words are simply forgotten. More than having a word "on the tip of your tongue", a senior may stop in the middle of a sentence and not know what to say next. They may also need to describe common objects because they can't find the right words. For example, they may say "video box" for television or call their phone "the thing we make calls with".


Nobody wants to believe their senior loved one is getting dementia, but tens of millions of seniors still do. World Alzheimer's Month is the perfect time to learn or brush up on the warning signs. If your senior loved one does need help, this is the time to ensure they have the in-home health care services they need to remain safe while maintaining the quality of their life.


For more information on Alzheimer's disease or the many ways Comfort Keepers in-home health care services can maximize your senior loved one's independence and safety, contact a senior care coordinator today. 


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