For seniors and their loved ones, Alzheimer’s can have a significant impact on daily life. Depending on the stage of the disease, seniors may have comprehensive care needs to accommodate the mental and physical changes they experience. At ComForCare Minnetonka, Alzheimer’s care clients receive a specialized program and the highest quality of care. Our caregivers have a thorough understanding of Alzheimer’s and the way it affects seniors and their loved ones.
To help understand the condition and how it affects care, here are some noteworthy facts:
- An estimated five percent of seniors experience symptoms as early as their 40s or 50s.
- Depending on age, health, and care, Alzheimer’s patients live roughly four to 20 years after their symptoms become noticeable.
- By 2050, experts predict that Alzheimer’s will affect one in 85 people around the world.
- There is currently no cure for the disease, though research continues with more than 1,500 clinical trials as of 2014.
What Is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, composing up to 80 percent of dementia cases in seniors. It’s a progressive disease, which means that symptoms typically develop slowly and worsen over time. However, the condition is unique for each patient. Each senior will experience effects at different rates of progression, and some may experience symptoms that others do not.
Alzheimer’s affects the areas of the brain associated with memory, behavior, and thinking. In the early stages of the condition, seniors and their loved ones will begin to notice changes like increasing forgetfulness. This can be seen when seniors more easily forget new information and misplace things around the home.
As the disease progresses, seniors and their loved ones may notice more severe changes such as:
- Difficulty communicating and carrying conversations
- Difficulty completing tasks that were once routine and intuitive
- Disorientation and confusion regarding place and time
- Trouble understanding spatial relationships and visual images
- Decreased or poor judgment and critical thinking
- Social and emotional withdrawal
- Personality and mood changes, such as irritability
Professional Alzheimer's Help
There is currently no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are currently more than 1,500 ongoing clinical trials to investigate possible treatment. In today’s Alzheimer’s care landscape, special care is a must. Daily exercises in memory, thinking, and social abilities can help to preserve and work on daily functioning skills. Our team at ComForCare is highly skilled in delivering quality Minnetonka Alzheimer’s care that seniors need to maintain the highest quality of life. Call us today at (952) 767-1687 to discuss an Alzheimer’s care plan for you or your loved one.