Jun 8, 2018 by Katie Fielmann
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive disease that erodes the memory and cognition. If you think your senior loved one may be suffering from Alzheimer’s, there are several signs and symptoms to check. While Alzheimer's disease can only be diagnosed by a doctor, early diagnosis almost always relies on the observation of loved ones.
Common signs and symptoms to be aware of include frequent memory lapses, misplacing objects, forgetting common words, confusion with time and place, increasingly poor judgment, social withdrawal, and trouble with multiple-step tasks.
With early detection, Alzheimer's care can make a significant difference in a senior's quality of life. Since the disease is progressive, all seniors with Alzheimer's disease will require Alzheimer's care by the final stages. Comfort Keepers specializes in in-home Alzheimer's care, so seniors can remain in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.
In order to increase awareness about Alzheimer's and the senior brain, consider these facts:
1. Alzheimer's disease kills more Americans that prostate and breast cancer combined, and a new case is diagnosed every 66 seconds.
2. Two-thirds of Alzheimer's sufferers are women.
3. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer's disease and there are no proven ways to prevent or stop the progression of the disease once it has started.
4. While genetics may play a part, lifestyle choices are more likely to increase or decrease the risk of dementia. To lower risk: don't smoke, limit alcohol consumption, increase cardio exercise, and keep the brain active.
5. The only common leisure activity known to decrease cognitive functioning is watching television and movies. Keep your loved one's brain active by engaging them in, literally, almost any other activity.
To find out more about Alzheimer's disease of the many ways Comfort Keepers specialized dementia and Alzheimer's care can make a difference in your loved one's life, contact a senior care coordinator today.
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