Posted on Nov 04, 2016
Celebrating National Alzheimers Awareness and In Home Senior Care
November typically marks the month for National Alzheimer’s awareness. Alzheimer’s disease is a dementia related disease that causes memory loss, especially in elderly adults. Progressive cognitive decline is not a normal part of the aging process. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are ways to treat it and possibly prevent further memory loss. We celebrate National Alzheimer’s Awareness month because while many of us are aware of the disease, we might not be educated fully of the early signs and ways to strengthen our minds for prevention.
Some early signs of the disease include disorientation, forgetfulness of places and names, slower decision-making, and frequent memory problems. Other signs of early onset Alzheimer’s are routine memory lapses and behavioral changes. A person struggling with Alzheimer’s will show signs of depression, mood swings, and irritability. Recognizing these warning signs and visiting the doctor will be very beneficial for getting ahead of the disease.
There are many ways to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The brain health is largely connected to heart health, so it is important to focus on keeping oxygen-rich blood flowing freely through the body. High blood pressure, obesity and high cholesterol all contribute to the risk of future heart and cognitive problems. It is best to prevent these issues by quitting smoking, eating healthier, and exercising.
Those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease most likely learned of this too late into the stages of progression. If the diagnosis is made earlier, there are many ways to treat and possibly prevent further decline. Drug treatments, healthier diet, social interaction, and physical exercise will lead to a better quality of life.
Raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and the early onset stages is crucial to slowing the damage and helps to destigmatize and help to fight against the disease. Wearing a purple ribbon, hosting a benefit with your social circle, and volunteering with a local organization are all ways to show support in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home senior care and the many benefits of professional elderly care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers to speak to a senior care specialist today 423-710-1500! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Chattanooga provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Chattanooga, Hixson, Cleveland, Ooltewah, Signal Mountain, and surrounding areas.