Alzheimer’s Care FAQ from the Home Care Professionals at Senior Home Care by Angels Hamilton
Our Home Care Professionals Answer the Most Pressing Questions About Alzheimer’s Disease from Families in Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Grimsby, and Nearby Cities in Ontario
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia can be scary and confusing for your entire family. If you or your loved one are facing an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, you probably have a lot of questions about what that means now and in the future. This challenging disease can significantly impact your family and the patient without the assistance of a home care professional. While the unknown is scary, Alzheimer’s care has advanced in recent years to include many therapies, treatments, and a wider variety of care providers. Senior Home Care by Angels Hamilton offers a variety of resources for care, including care plans created and implemented by our certified team of home care professionals.
What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia. Dementia is a classification of degenerative cognitive diseases that can cause problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. With Alzheimer’s, symptoms usually develop slowly and will become worse over time. Severe or advanced Alzheimer’s interferes with daily tasks and day-to-day living, but with the help of a home care professional, life can be manageable. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases.
How Is Alzheimer’s Different from Forgetfulness?
It is important to recognize that Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of the aging process. While cognitive abilities may change or slow throughout the aging process, Alzheimer’s can make it hard to function daily. Alzheimer’s can also appear earlier in life; this is called early-onset, which can affect adults as early as their 40s or 50s.
What Are Common Symptoms of Alzheimer's?
A common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering new information or adjusting to new changes in daily life. This is because Alzheimer’s disease begins in the part of the brain that is dedicated to learning and processing new information. As the disease becomes worse, symptoms can include:
- Worsening confusion about time and life events
- Feeling lost or confused
- Mood swings
- Changes in behavior and personality
- Difficulty speaking, walking, or swallowing
How Does Alzheimer’s Disease Develop?
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, meaning that it will get worse or have a greater impact on health over time. In the early stages, memory loss may be minor or not a primary symptom. In later stages, memory loss is significant and impacts an individual’s ability to concentrate, complete tasks, recognize others, and keep track of life events.
How Does Senior Home Care by Angels Hamilton Manage Alzheimer's?
Alzheimer’s services can be provided within the home by a team of home care professionals. Senior Home Care by Angels Hamilton offers trained and experienced caregivers who specialize in providing care for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's, and who know how to work specifically with clients who have these diseases.
Anyone experiencing Alzheimer’s-like symptoms should speak with their doctor as soon as possible. If you need assistance finding a doctor with cognitive disease experience, the local Alzheimer’s Society chapter can direct you to additional resources. It is important to access care as soon as possible to mediate the symptoms of the disease. Senior Home Care by Angels Hamilton is your partner in providing great care to seniors who have received an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis.
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