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Senior Care Teams Explore Alzheimer’s Disease

Sep 4, 2018 by Cindy Adkins

If you are unfamiliar with Alzheimer’s Disease or someone close to you has recently been diagnosed with it, it is important to understand that it is a form of dementia. The disease does not develop rapidly, but at a slow pace and can cause issues with an individual’s memories, behavior, and thought processes. Unfortunately, more than 10% of seniors and their families are affected by this disease and since September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we wanted to take a moment and let you know that the senior care team at Comfort Keepers is proud to be a part of and talk about the Walk To End Alzheimer’s. Our goal is to bring awareness about the disease.

We invite you to join us in this four-part series that lasts for four weeks in total. Throughout these four weeks, you will learn more about how you can care for someone with Alzheimer’s, how it affects the brain and some of the treatments that are available. In this part one, we will talk to you more about the risk of developing the disease, some of the common signs of the disease, and how your loved one can receive the right diagnosis.

Signs and Risk Factors of Alzheimer’s Disease

Senior citizens who are 65 or older are more likely to develop the disease. In addition, seniors who have a family history of the disease, dementia, or other related disease are at a higher risk as well. Research has shown that individuals who have heart disease may be at risk of developing the disease as well. Studies performed indicate that women and African-Americans are the most at risk groups.

Seniors who do develop Alzheimer’s Disease will experience interruptions in their life and these interruptions can be significant. Senior care experts have listed the 10 most common signs of Alzheimer’s below.

  • Vision problems
  • Difficulty retaining new information
  • Issues with completing tasks that are familiar
  • Confusing time and place
  • Changes in mood or personality
  • Poor judgment
  • Difficulty problem solving, especially simple problems
  • Writing and speaking difficulties
  • Withdrawal from social activities and events
  • Misplacement of items or the inability to retrace steps

How to Get a Diagnosis

All the above symptoms can happen to anyone, but the main difference between common symptoms and Alzheimer’s symptoms is that when these symptoms do start, they affect your life drastically and impede on your daily activities. The best way for you to receive a diagnosis for your loved one is to have their senior care team take them to the doctor.

When your loved one’s physician tests for Alzheimer’s, they will look at the history of the family, provide a physical exam, and a neurological exam. In addition, your loved one may have blood tests or brain imaging performed. Medical providers may also test and evaluate your senior’s mental status to keep up with the progression of the disease.

How to Make a Difference

Comfort Keepers of Olympia, WA is proud to be a part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk To End Alzheimer’s. We are a part of the national team and are dedicated to bringing about awareness to Alzheimer’s Disease and the research of the disease. We do invite you to visit our page to learn more about the group for the walk, to donate, or sign up.

Mark your calendars today and we hope to see you there.

The Walk To End Alzheimer’s

Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

Place: University of Puget Sound | 1500 North Warner St. Tacoma, WA 98416

Time: Registration at 11am | Ceremony at 12pm | Walk at 12:30pm

Do come back next week to learn more about how Alzheimer’s Disease progresses and what type of care is involved. 

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