Sep 21, 2017 by Glenn Savage
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive form of dementia. It is the most common type of dementia and there is currently no cure. The disease erodes the memories and cognitive skills of tens of millions of Americans every year and tens of millions more around the world.
Despite the large number of seniors impacted internationally, there is still a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about Alzheimer's Disease. To dispel the myths, increase the availability of correct information, and promote the importance of early detection and diagnosis, September 21st was designated World Alzheimer's Day with September being declared World Alzheimer's Month.
It is important for family members to understand the signs, symptoms, and progression of Alzheimer's disease. Not only will this information help with early detection, but it can improve the chances that seniors will receive timely and effective in-home care.
While Alzheimer's disease progresses along a standard path, no two seniors experience the disease in the same way, and there are numerous factors which impact the speed at which a person will go through them. Among these factors are the age of a person when they are diagnosed, the stage of the disease when diagnosed, a person's overall health, and the type and level of in-home care available. For example, a senior who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 65 has an average expected life span of eight to nine years. For a senior diagnosed at 90, life expectancy is just three years.
With the advances in care and medication, the importance of early detection has increased. Not only can life expectancy be extended, but the quality of a person's life can be dramatically improved. Consider that the most common signs of early Alzheimer's are increasing levels of forgetfulness, difficulty with multiple-step or complex tasks, placing common objects in strange places, forgetting the names of everyday items, and not remembering how to perform simple tasks. Seniors who experience one or more of these symptoms on a regular basis should be evaluated by a medical professional.
World Alzheimer's Month is the perfect time to make sure your senior loved one is living their very best life. If they need in-home care, help with daily activities, or support for Alzheimer’s or another progressive disease, Comfort Keepers can help. For more information, contact an in-home care coordinator today.
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