Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease at Home Care
Dementia (memory loss) is not a specific disease but a group of symptoms. These can vary depending on the cause but common signs of cognitive and psychological changes include difficulty in communicating or dealing with complex tasks, such as planning and organizing activities, problems with motor functions, inappropriate behavior or comments, agitation that can lead to hallucinations or paranoia, and problems with getting lost or disoriented. Since some medical conditions that cause dementia symptoms are treatable, it is important that your loved one see a doctor to determine the underlying cause. An early diagnosis gives everyone more time to plan and implement strategies.
Memory loss does not mean that your loved one has Alzheimer's Disease. However, Alzheimer's is the most common cause of a progressive dementia that is not reversible but can be slowed with early detection and timely medical interventions. This devastating disorder destroys mental functions in senior patients that result in a loss of intellectual, functional and social skills. All At Home Care caregivers can help with medication management and supportive strategies to allow your loved live to maintain their independence and live in their home for as long as possible.
Although there is no current cure for Alzheimer's, progress is being made in understanding how beta-amyloid (or plaque) collects on the outside of brain cells. Alzheimer's is not considered to be a natural process of aging but your loved one's risk of developing the disease increases after age 65. According to the Mayo Clinic, almost half of those older than 85 years of age have Alzheimer's. Older women are more apt to develop the disease but this may be due to their longer life expectancy. Head injuries that result in brain trauma as well as certain lifestyle factors may have increased risks. Remaining physically active, mentally stimulated and maintaining frequent social interactions may reduce the risk of developing the disease.
As Alzheimer's Disease progresses, your loved one may face additional vulnerabilities, such as balance issues. Our caregivers are trained in working with patients in all stages. Get started today with a free consultation.