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Home Caregiver's & Alzheimer's Month in Wood Dale, IL

Sep 21, 2017 by Katie Fielmann

September 21st is World Alzheimer's Day. Since 2012, September has been designated as World Alzheimer's Month. The purpose of World Alzheimer's Month is to help reduce the amount of misinformation about dementia while increasing awareness of strategies for early detection and diagnosis. The World Alzheimer's Month theme for 2017 is "Remember Me".

Home Caregivers' Impact on Alzheimer's in Wood Dale, IL

There is not a cure for Alzheimer's disease at present. Yet, with early detection and diagnosis a senior's independence and quality of life can be positively impacted. Home caregivers and family members should be aware that early detection starts by recognizing the signs and symptoms of the disease. Comfort Keepers home caregivers are proud to share this valuable information:

  • Start by looking for problems with your loved one's memory. These include frequently forgetting to turn off the lights, forgetting common faces and names, misplacing common objects (keys, remotes, etc), and not remembering information that was just shared with them.
  • Next, look for signs of cognitive decline. Your loved one may forget how to perform simple tasks and multiple step tasks may become frustrating or impossible. You may also notice a change in hygiene and personal care. Seniors with Alzheimer's may also forget where they are at, even when they are in a familiar environment.
  • Language skills start to deteriorate. Your loved one may forget the names of common objects and need to describe them instead. A telephone may be "that thing you talk into", a television may be "that box with the videos", or a car may become "that thing we get into to go places."
  • Behaviorally, seniors with Alzheimer's often start to get agitated as it gets darker. Known as "sundowning", because the behavior coincides with the sun going down, a quarter of seniors with the disease will display confusion, agitation, and outbursts around dusk.

If your senior loved one has one or more of these signs and symptoms it does not mean they have Alzheimer's disease. Yet, it is wise to have a medical professional check things out.

For more information about Alzheimer's disease, World Alzheimer's Month, or the many ways Comfort Keepers home caregivers can maximize your loved one's independence, freedom, and quality of life, contact a senior care coordinator today.

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