Alzheimer’s, Dementia or Parkinson’s Care
There can be a lot of frustration and confusion for family members when a loved one receives a diagnosis of the early onset of dementia. As the population grows older, elderly deaths from Alzheimer’s and non-specific dementia have risen significantly while other major causes continue to drop. In fact, Alzheimer’s is the only disease in the Top 10 causes of death that has no prevention or cure. A majority of the 5.1 million seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease live at home and more than half of the caregivers are adults who are caring for an aging parent.
It is estimated that as many as 1 million people in the U.S. have Parkinson’s disease with approximately 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Despite decades of scientific research, the cause of the devastating disorder is still not known. Some studies have suggested that parkinsonism may be caused by exposure to environmental toxins or injury, but there also seems to be strong evidence that supports genetic forms of the disease. With the advancement of medications to lessen symptoms of Parkinson’s, an at-home medication management program is becoming an essential component for helping seniors who live with the disease.
Due to the high physical and emotional toll on those providing at-home care for Alzheimer’s, unspecified dementia or Parkinson’s disease, many family caregivers are apt to see their own health deteriorate as their loved one’s condition worsens. All At Home caregivers have the expertise and experience to assist families in many ways. Although these medical conditions are chronic diseases, trained home companions can have a very positive impact on the ongoing quality of life for an affected senior.
See a doctor if your loved one experiences memory problems or movement disorders, an early diagnosis can give you time to properly plan for his or her future. Call us today for a free consultation.