Nov 22, 2017 by Kristina Butler
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain disease and the most common type of dementia. It impacts between 5 and 6 million American seniors, and this number is growing. Through the loss of neurons in the brain, Alzheimer's disease robs a senior of their memory, ability to reason, and even their ability to control their own body. Sadly, the "losses" of Alzheimer's are often not the most difficult part of the disease. Alzheimer's also adds increased sensitivity to sound, hallucinations, paranoia, fear, and pain. The combination of degrading abilities and the increase in challenges as the disease progresses typically results in senior home health care if the wish is to remain at home instead of moving into a nursing home.
For seniors and their families who wish for them to remain in the comfort and convenience of their own home for as long as possible, early diagnosis, intervention, and senior home health care assistance are essential.
In the United States, November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. During Alzheimer's Awareness Month, seniors and their families are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and consider a plan of action should Alzheimer's or another progressive ailment become a reality. The more information about Alzheimer's disease that is known, the greater the chances of early diagnosis, intervention, and support for America's seniors.
The primary warning signs of Alzheimer's disease are memory loss, misplacing items, poor judgement, depression, irrational behavior, and communication challenges. While many of these signs are simply part of normal aging, they should be checked out if they become regular and/or start to disrupt daily life.
It may be difficult to talk to your loved one about Alzheimer's disease, especially if the concern involves their safety. Seniors understand that these discussions may address their ability to drive, cook, or otherwise care for themselves. The loss of freedom and independence can be devastating for a senior, so these conversations should be held with great care and compassion.
The reality of Alzheimer's disease, however, is that it is progressive and terminal. Seniors may not want to address the signs, symptoms, or their changing condition, but downplaying the disease or avoiding its implications will only delay a diagnosis, intervention, and support.
During Alzheimer's Awareness Month, take the time to learn the warning signs of Alzheimer's disease. If you are concerned about your senior loved one, schedule an appointment with their physician.
For more information about Alzheimer's disease or the many ways, Comfort Keepers senior home health care can help maximize your senior loved one's safety, independence, and quality of life, contact a senior home care coordinator today.
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