The Importance of Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness
More than 6 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s and it is estimated that nearly 13 million people will have Alzheimer’s by 2050. One in three seniors die from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. More people succumb to the disease than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined, and while there is currently no cure, an early diagnosis can make a big difference and impact on your loved one’s overall quality of life. This Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, Senior Helpers wants to acknowledge some of the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease you should know:
1. Memory loss
One of the earliest signs is forgetting recently learned information. Pay close attention to your loved one's retention of information.
Take note if your loved one begins losing track of time or place.
3. Misplacing things
Be aware of where a loved one is putting things. Some people experiencing brain change will place items in unusual places.
4. Poor judgement
Be on the lookout if your loved one begins making poor judgement calls when it comes to decision-making.
5. Changes in mood or behavior
Notice if they appear to be extra emotional, a person living with Alzheimer's disease can easily experience mood and personality changes.
6. Withdrawal from society
If your loved one is having a hard time holding a conversation or paying attention in group settings, this could be a signal that warrants further discussion with their healthcare provider.
7. Unable to complete familiar tasks
Daily tasks can be difficult to conquer when living with the disease, so it is important to create and follow a comfortable schedule for them.
8. Difficulty handling situations
Some may experience challenges in following a plan or solving problems.
9. Trouble with visual images
Individuals may have a hard time judging distances or making out colors and contrast, make sure to provide helpful verbal cues or create a broader contrast.
10. Problems with speaking or writing
Be aware if a loved one has a hard time joining conversations or repeat themselves often.
Senior Helpers Senior Gems is based on GEMS techniques, strategies, and overall approach to care that was created and developed by Teepa Snow, Positive Approach, LLC. It allows us to understand which stage of dementia a loved one is experiencing so we can put together the best plan and select the best caregiver for that individual. Our caregivers have a deep understanding and knowledge of the progression of dementia – how it affects the brain and the person struggling with the disease. We have a care team with extensive training and experience in providing the right level of individual care and support, and in creating a positive environment needed for the family and their loved one. Check out our Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care services and order our Senior GEMS Strategy for Care wheel to have an introductory overview of our classification system with strategies for caregivers and family members.