DEMENTIA ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE IN HOME CARE PROGRAMS
Axis Homecare provides unsurpassed care for individuals suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We understand that each of your loved ones are unique and must be treated on an individual basis. No matter how mild or advanced these symptoms are, our caregivers are trained to provide the best quality of care for these difficult conditions.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. An estimated 5 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s. It is important to realize that Alzheimer’s disease is NOT a normal part of the aging process. We all at some point will misplace our keys, forget a familiar face, or even take a wrong turn in an accustomed neighborhood. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may include memory loss that is disrupting daily life, confusion with place or time, and changes in mood or personality.
Dementia is not a disease itself, but rather a cluster of symptoms that are caused by various conditions. It is most often a problem with short-term memory that is consistently getting worse. Symptoms of dementia may include difficulty with language, inability to complete tasks that used to be simple, difficulty reasoning, and the feeling of being disoriented. These symptoms are impairing an individual’s ability to function in their activities of daily living.
*If you feel your loved one is suffering from any of these symptoms, please speak to your medical doctor immediately.
Alzheimer’s disease, over time, progresses through three main stages: mild, moderate, and severe. Changes in an individual’s brain may begin 10-20 years before any noticeable signs appear. Areas of the brain may begin to shrink, which can result in memory loss, one of the very first stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Overall, these patients may seem quite healthy. Sometimes it can be difficult to notice that your loved one is even suffering from mild Alzheimer’s disease because it is often confused with the normal signs of aging. In order to determine which stage your loved one may be experiencing, the medical community looks for signs, symptoms, and specific behaviors to help classify and determine the possible progression.
WHAT SYMPTOMS SHOULD I LOOK FOR?
- Difficulty remembering or learning new information
- Difficulty managing finances
- Difficulty driving a car
- Forgetting old facts
- Difficulty showering or using the bathroom
- Refusing to eat
- Difficulty with all essential daily activities
*Symptoms listed above may be related to 1, 2, or all 3 stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Please note that these are just a few examples. If you feel your loved one is suffering from any of these stages of Alzheimer’s disease, please speak to your medical doctor immediately.
Research strongly indicates the importance of seniors being physically, mentally, and socially engaged. This can promote a healthier well-being, a higher level of cognitive function, and may enhance their quality of life at home.