An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can significantly impact the lives of seniors and their families. At Senior Homecare by Angels, we’re committed to helping families throughout Berwick and the Annapolis Valley region of Nova Scotia understand the symptoms of the disease, as well as their options for local memory care
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common forms of dementia. Dementia is a type of neurodegenerative diseases that causes issues with memory loss, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer’s accounts for 50 to 80 per cent of dementia cases in Canada.
What are common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?
Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Difficulty with remembering new information
- Issues with adjusting to changes in their daily life
- Confusion about life events
- Feeling lost or confused
- Changes in behavior
- Mood swings
- Difficulty speaking, walking, or swallowing
It is important to note that Alzheimer’s is a progressive condition, meaning that symptoms will develop slowly and worsen over time. If you think your loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s imperative that you encourage your loved one to go to a medical professional to get a medical diagnosis. That way, you can explore your options for memory care in order to help your loved one manage their disease before their conditions gets worse.
Aren’t these just normal signs of aging?
Many people assume that these symptoms are just a normal part of the aging process. In reality, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are not always a part of the aging process and are serious conditions that should be evaluated by a medical professional. Even if many seniors experience a slowing down of cognitive abilities as they age, Alzheimer’s disease can make it much harder for seniors to function on a daily basis.
How does Alzheimer’s develop?
Since Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, symptoms may get worse or new symptoms may appear over time. If your loved one has Alzheimer’s, they may have minor symptoms at first, but as the condition advances, their memory loss will worsen and they will have greater difficulty with completing tasks, concentrating, and recognizing others. That’s why it’s important to research memory care options as soon as you’re aware that your loved one has Alzheimer’s.
What are my options for memory care in the Annapolis Valley?
Although there currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, families in the Annapolis Valley region have many options for memory and Alzheimer’s care. While social and behavioral treatments, certain medications, and lifestyle changes can possibly help moderate symptoms, it’s best to find professional care that will help your loved one manage their symptoms and live their day-to-day life while getting the support they need.
The best option for your loved one will entirely depend on their preferences.
There are many nursing homes and memory care centres throughout the community that help seniors manage symptoms of Alzheimer’s while making sure they get the care they need. However, the process of relocating to a residential facility could worsen your loved one’s quality of life as they now have to get used to new surroundings. In addition, if your loved one prefers to remain independent, this could actually upset or anger them.
That’s why at Senior Homecare by Angels, we offer personalized in-home Alzheimer’s care services throughout the Annapolis Valley. Our dedicated caregivers have received training on working with seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, so you can peace of mind that your loved one will receive the care they truly need right in their own home.
Learn more about our Alzheimer’s home care options by contact our Berwick, NS office today.
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