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Senior Care Experts Explore Alzheimer’s Disease

Sep 7, 2018 by Garrett Sullivan

Welcome. Happy to have you here for our part 1 in our series for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. If you are not familiar with Alzheimer’s disease or if someone close to you has been diagnosed with it, it is important to know that it is a form of dementia. The disease progresses at a slow and gradual rate as opposed to a rapid rate. The disease itself causes issues with an individual’s thought processes, memories, and behavior. Senior care experts share that more than 10% of seniors suffer with Alzheimer’s disease and their families are affected by it as well.

September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and we thought it a great time to discuss the disease and how it affects individuals, the signs and symptoms of the disease, and more. We invite you to come along on our four-part series to learn more about the disease. In part one, we will talk to you more about some of the risks for developing the disease, the common signs and symptoms, and how your loved one can receive a diagnosis.

Let’s go.

Risk Factors and Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

There are some risk factors that can increase your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. For instance, seniors who are 65 and older are at an increased rate. Seniors who have dementia, family history of dementia or Alzheimer’s, and those seniors with a history of related diseases are at a higher risk. Research has indicated that individuals with heart disease may develop the disease as well. Studies also show that both women and African-Americans are the two biggest at-risk groups.

Seniors who do develop Alzheimer’s will experience some interruptions in their life and these interruptions can be small or significant. Senior care teams have listed the 10 most common signs to look for as these often signal that Alzheimer’s may be in the process of development:

  • Writing and speaking difficulties
  • Vision problems
  • Poor judgement
  • Issues with completing familiar tasks
  • Difficulty retaining new information
  • Confusing place and time
  • Difficulty with problem solving, especially simple problems
  • Poor judgement
  • Misplacement of items or an inability to retrace steps
  • Withdrawal from social events and activities

How to Receive a Diagnosis

The above symptoms can happen to anyone at any time and just because you experience one or two does not mean you have Alzheimer’s. The key here is when these symptoms present themselves and cause disruption in your life. The best way to receive a diagnosis is for your loved one to visit the doctor. You or their senior care provider can take them.

Your loved one’s tests for Alzheimer’s will often include a neurological and physical exam along with a review of family and medical history. In addition, your loved one’s doctor may order brain imaging and blood tests too. Sometimes, your loved one’s mental health status will be checked to help keep track of the progression of the disease itself.

How to Make a Difference

Comfort Keepers of Madison, CT is happy to be a part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk To End Alzheimer’s. We are part of a larger national team that is dedicated to brining about awareness of the disease along with research. We invite you to visit our page to learn more, donate, or walk.

We hope to see you there!

The Walk To End Alzheimer’s

Date: Sunday, September 30th

Place: Lighthouse Point Park 
2 Lighthouse Road
New Haven, CT 06512 

Time: Registration at 8:30 am 
Ceremony at 10 am 
Walk at 10:30 am

Route Length: 2 miles

Do make sure you come back next week to learn more about how Alzheimer’s disease progresses and the type of senior care that is involved.

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