Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be extremely difficult. What begins as something as simple as losing words at the tip of the tongue can turn into severe memory loss and confusion to the point where your loved one forgets who you are. Overall, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia among the elderly and unfortunately, as of 2018, no cures currently exist. If you are struggling with the physical and emotional toll of caring for a parent or grandparent with Alzheimer’s you might consider moving that person to a nearby adult foster care center like Sandyside Senior Living where they will receive expert, around the clock care.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive memory disease that impacts the connections between brain cells. As previously mentioned, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia (loss of memory and other cognitive abilities), and accounts for roughly 60 to 80 percent of cases. Alzheimer’s is not a normal result of aging, nor is it the only cause of memory loss. Almost 7 million people have been diagnosed since 2013 and the number is expected to double by the year 2050.
This aggressive form of dementia most commonly effects the following mental functions…
- Language and verbal communication
- Focus and the ability to pay attention
- Judgement and reasoning
- Perception (visual)
Alzheimer’s Warning Signs
As you and your family members age it is extremely important to be proactive about your health. This includes regular, preventative physical and mental examinations and testing. As such, if you or your loved one notice that they have become increasingly forgetful and confused this could be a sign of Alzheimer’s. Other signs might include trouble concentrating or completing familiar tasks, constantly misplacing items, or withdrawal from social situations. Alzheimer’s and the frustration that comes with it can also impact mood, cause mood swings or anger, and may even lead to depression.
The Science Behind Alzheimer’s
It is not fully understood what causes Alzheimer’s disease or how it manifests in the brain, but it is understood that the brain may be impacted by plaques and tangles. A plaque is a protein (beta-amyloid) buildup between two cells, meanwhile, tangles are twists in fibers of a different (tau) protein. While a loss in cognitive function is often a normal part of aging, Alzheimer’s is markedly different as symptoms are severe. These inhibitions can kill nerve cells that, in turn, lead to memory loss, confusion, and personality changes. Meanwhile, other types of dementia include Parkinson’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, and Huntington’s disease.
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Rules To Follow When Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s
Caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s can be difficult as they can become frustrated by simple commands. It is therefore important to be patient and keep a few pointers in mind. First, timing is key. In addition to being patient and understanding that each task may take longer than expected, try to stick to a schedule to facilitate learning and cooperation. Another point is to simplify your routine by reducing distractions like TV noise and focusing at only one task at a time such as getting up, bathing, or eating. Finally, make sure the space is safe and clear of hazards like cords or fire hazards to help reduce falls and collateral damages.
If care becomes too difficult, it is recommended to seek out a licensed memory care facility near you. Discover the Top 5 Reasons to Choose Memory Care for Dementia Patients.
The Sandyside Difference
At Sandyside Senior Living, your loved one will get the dementia care he or she needs as we are staffed with nurses and practitioners that are experts in the area. They approach their work with respect and congeniality toward all the patients in our care program. Overall, Sandyside provides you and your loved one an invaluable service: top-flight care based in experience, expertise, and cutting-edge medical knowledge.
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