What You Should Know About The 6 Early Warning Signs Of Alzheimer’s Disease

Lately, the fear of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is scary…mainly because they say it is hereditary!  Meredith Rodgers put together this article and the infographic to guide people going through this.

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There is a form of dementia that results in cognitive and memory loss. According to Alzheimer’s Association, AD is one of the leading causes of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of patients diagnosed with dementia. Dementia is a serious condition that leads to loss of memory and intellectual reasoning which can affect one’s daily life.

Alzheimer’s disease usually results in the death of brain cells, which leads to the decline of memory and cognitive function over a period of time. Initially, patients with this condition are likely to have problems remembering things and mild confusion. In late stages of AD, it can worsen to the point that the patient is unable to converse or reason with people. Patients with Alzheimer’s require full-time support and care from their families and friends so that they can go on with their daily life. Support provided could involve helping them dress up or assistance during meal times.

The main factor contributing to Alzheimer’s disease is aging. As you age, this disease tends to get more severe. Most people who have this condition are above the age of 65. However, it is not normal for older people to have Alzheimer’s disease as they age. About 200,000 citizens of America experience early onset of Alzheimer’s disease while still in their 40s or 50s.

It is difficult to diagnose the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease because doctors don’t look for warning signs in young people. Thus, doctors may wrongly diagnose symptoms of Alzheimer’s for stress. For a successful diagnosis to happen, a comprehensive health evaluation will need to be carried out by a doctor. It is not yet known what causes the early onset of AD. However, scientists believe that specific rare genes that are inherited could play a role. Even though Alzheimer’s disease has no cure, patients with this condition can take treatment to reduce the progression of the disease. This might help them live a happy and fulfilling life.  

Early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease

It is normal for people to forget stuff, for example, where you placed the keys. However, if this happens too often, it could be an early warning sign of AD. Most of the time people who have problems remembering things also experience difficulty in communication, focus, and reasoning. If this happens to you or your loved one, you will need to visit a doctor for medical evaluation. A doctor will perform a thorough evaluation to try and identify the root cause of your memory problems. If successfully diagnosed, Alzheimer’s patients may commence treatment to help improve their quality of life. The following are the most common early signs of AD which you need to look out for.

  1. Memory loss

Difficulty remembering stuff like names or new information is an early warning sign of AD. Initially, your short-term memory will be affected but with time, you may have problems with your long-term memory as well. Hence, you might find yourself having problems remembering important events that happened in your life. In addition, it is common to find people with memory loss asking the same question repeatedly. This is because they cannot store information in their memory.

  1. Problems communicating

This is another early warning sign of Alzheimer’s. People with AD normally have problems finding the right words to explain their themselves. Therefore, it can be hard to chat with someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

  1. Difficulty conducting routine tasks

If you have Alzheimer’s disease, you might find it difficult doing routine tasks like cooking or playing a game like chess. Doing tasks that seemed obvious before might seem a challenge to do them now.

  1. Personality and mood change

You may experience changes in mood such as depression as an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s. Also, this condition may result in personality changes, for example, going from being a shy to outgoing person.

  1. Difficulty solving problems 

If you have problems making decisions or solving problems, it could be an early sign of AD. For example, you might find it hard to follow a recipe or pay your bills. Also, you might find yourself placing your stuff in the wrong place. For example your cell phone in a fridge.

  1. Apathy

That means you might lose interest in activities you used to enjoy, including your hobbies. If you used to like going out and having fun with friends, now you might find it less amusing. Also, you may find yourself spending less time with your loved ones.

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have AD. However, you should not just ignore symptoms like memory or cognitive problems. The best thing to do is to visit a doctor so that they can determine if your signs and symptoms are as a result of Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer's Disease Signs and Symptoms

Alzheimer’s Disease Signs and Symptoms, courtesy of GeriatricNursing.org

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Do you think Alzheimer’s is real? People like me or YOU are NOW becoming caregivers for this progressive disease. If you have this in your family, read on.

by Adinah East VP Quality Improvement

The Major Benefits of Alzheimer’s Home Care

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is challenging. The patients have specific requirements when it comes to their care. The challenge for caregivers is taking of their own family and holding down a job while still seeing to their relative’s care needs. For these caregivers, some areas of their life may suffer, but the good news is that help is available in the form of professional Alzheimer’s home care.

Alzheimer’s Home Care – How It Works

Alzheimer’s home care options mean that there is professional and compassionate care available for your relative. In-home care services can include a broad range of assistance that gives both the patient and caregiver much-needed relief. The staff is experienced in dealing with confusion, anger, fear, paranoia, and the sadness that often plagues Alzheimer’s patients. Often, these patients suffer mood swings which make it difficult for loved ones to look after them. In-home care staff is trained specially to care for and understand the needs of such patients.

With Alzheimer’s home care options, you can be assured that your elderly relative is receiving proper care. Professional caregivers can help with tasks such as:

  • Laundry
  • Cleaning
  • Cooking
  • Housekeeping
  • Changing linen
  • Assist with bathing
  • Help with using the bathroom
  • Conversation
  • Companionship
  • Administering medication
  • Assisting with dressing the patient
  • Shopping
  • Running errands
  • Meal preparation
  • Transportation

If you are overwhelmed with the task of looking after someone who is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s, but you are agonizing over the decision to place your relative in a care home, home care services may be the solution. Alzheimer’s does require increasing levels of care as the patient’s disease progresses.

With an in-home care agency, you don’t have to worry about a caregiver’s level of training or compassion. The staff is usually put through a thorough screening process and are then put through extensive training so that they can adequately and compassionately take care of your relative.

Preparing for the Road Ahead – Start Early

As you come to grips with your relative’s diagnosis, you will deal with a variety of emotions and concerns. You will likely worry about how he or she is going to change, how to keep them comfortable, and how the disease may affect your relationship. Adjusting to this new reality takes patience and time, but most importantly, you are going to need support.

During the early stages of diagnosis, there are a few questions to consider. By preparing early, you can ensure a smooth transition for all involved. Depending on the stage of your relative’s diagnosis, you may be able to include them in the decision-making process.

A few questions to consider when going through Alzheimer’s home care options include:

  1. Who will make financial and medical decisions when your relative can’t?

It’s a difficult topic to approach, especially if your loved one is still relatively lucid, but getting their wishes written down means, they will be respected by everyone involved. Remember to appoint a power of attorney for their healthcare and finances, and if your loved one has already lost capacity, they will need a guardian.

  1. Who will meet his or her care needs?

Often, family members assume that a spouse or the closest family member will become a caregiver. This isn’t a realistic option since caregiving is a significant commitment. Looking into professional Alzheimer’s home care will lift the burden off family members and ensure your loved one is properly taken care off in their senior years.

  1. Where will your relative live?

Is your loved one’s home suitable for him or her to remain in or is it difficult to access? Will you be able to make it safer as the disease progresses? If your relative lives alone, or quite a distance from family, you may want to consider relocating your loved one and them employing in-home care services.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. Keeping your loved one in his or her home can go a long way towards minimizing their confusion and discomfort, and will ensure they are surrounded by the things that are most familiar to them. With Alzheimer’s home care, you can have peace of mind knowing your loved one’s needs are well taken care of.

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