Dementia & Alzheimer's Care
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, as we age, we lose brain cells. This loss of cells sometimes affects our ability to remember a name or remember where we left our keys. These are often referred to as “senior moments.” It is a normal process of aging. But significant changes in our memory refer to something else.
When the term memory loss is used, it is usually associated with Alzheimer’s disease because Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of loss, occurring in about 5 million Americans. The broader term for memory loss is dementia, which is the loss of memory from brain trauma, stroke, or a degenerative disease.
Dementia affects your mental abilities, which affect your ability to carry out Activities of Daily Living (ADLs); eating, bathing, selecting proper attire, dressing, toileting, transferring (walking) and maintaining continence. Dementia may also affect one’s ability to perform Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IDLs); managing finances, transportation, shopping & errands, preparing meals, using communication devices, managing medication and housekeeping.
People with dementia, particularly those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, usually have trouble solving problems, doing daily tasks, and may even have trouble controlling their emotions. 1
According to the Mayo Clinic, people with dementia, particularly those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, benefit greatly from a familiar environment. It is crucial to their health and well-being. Changing the routine and moving them into an unfamiliar environment can be especially daunting. 2
In addition, having a loved one diagnosed with dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease, can cause much fear and anxiety over its progression and the subsequent management of care.
AnswerCare can help alleviate the fear and anxiety associated with dementia care management and secure a familiar environment along with a structured routine in your loved ones daily living. Our compassionate, highly trained and licensed caregivers will implement a customized CarePlan developed and coordinated by our Clinical Director specifically for your loved one.
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- 2 mayoclinic.org