Since its identification more than a century ago, a lot has been learned about Alzheimer's disease and the dementia that it causes. Below is a look at the progress that has been made in treating the disease and caring for those who have it.
Dementia is a combination of symptoms that affects how we use our brain. They can include: trouble in thinking, language, low problem solving skills, and loss of memory. The symptoms are gradual and may sometimes not be severe enough to affect the patient’s daily life. Apart from the above symptoms, your loved one might also have changes in mood or behavior as response to the effects of the direct dementia issues.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at least half of all elderly (65+ years of age) assisted living residents have some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive impairment caused by a dementia, or another condition or disease that causes dementia. Thus, a quality assisted living retirement community with a proven, successful Memory Care Community such as Florida’s Bayshore Place at Sarasota Bay Club is just what a concerned family needs when considering places to retire for their family’s loved ones.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease that every patient experiences differently. For example, the rate at which it progresses varies from person to person. However, in most cases, it is possible to divide the progression into three general stages: mild, moderate, and severe.
Below is a look at the different stages of the disease. Note that because the symptoms are subject to variation and overlap between the stages, it is often difficult to place a person into a specific stage. As a result, what follows should only be used as a general guide.
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that is affecting about 5.5 million people worldwide as of 2017. This disease attacks and destroys healthy neurons in the brain, cutting off the connections between neurons.
By developing more awareness of the disease, family members can make more informed decisions regarding assisted living or retirement community options that best cater to the needs of your loved one. For those who wish to understand more about the disease, its causes, and symptoms, read more below to better understand what areas of the brain that Alzheimer’s tends to affect and what faculties each area of the brain controls.
Learning your loved one has been diagnosed with Dementia can leave you with more questions than answers. There are resources available to help navigate your next steps and your family’s future plan to support and care for your loved one.
Many of the effects of aging are inevitable and occur regardless of factors like gender and race. Those effects include changes to the brain. Changes to the brain as we age may cause us to become forgetful. According to one estimate, roughly 40 percent of individuals over age 65 have some form of cognitive impairment. In many cases, that impairment is just the normal byproduct of losing receptors and a decrease in neurotransmitters; however, sometimes the cause is Dementia.
One of the most difficult decisions that a family can face, is deciding when it is necessary to move your loved one to a long-term care community. It is almost inevitable when they are suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, as it becomes increasingly more difficult to provide them with the 24-hour, supervised care they need to keep them healthy and safe. For patients with these types of cognitive difficulties, memory care can provide the supportive environment they need. More specialized, than care provided in an assisted living community, memory care is a distinct category of skilled nursing that concentrates on the care of patients who have memory problems. Following are three benefits of memory care in a retirement community in Sarasota, Florida.
Dementia is on the rise, partly because better health care means an aging population. The increase is also due to changes in the lifestyles of recent generations. Sedentary lifestyles, high-fat foods, and bad habits are all linked to increased risk of a range of diseases, including Dementia. You can reduce your risk by changing elements of your lifestyle. Give these seven habits a go at your assisted living community in Sarasota, Florida and reduce your risk of Dementia.
Caregiver burnout is the product of long-term stress. It is the mental exhaustion that caregivers feel when they are overwhelmed by their responsibilities. It often occurs when caregivers take on too much, or when they have no help. It is a common problem since caregiving is so often done alone. Isolated from the world and with no help from other family members, it is not surprising that caregivers often burn out.