Alzheimer’s disease affects 26 million citizens worldwide. While there is still no cure for Alzheimer’s, the effects can be considerably diminished if it’s diagnosed and treated early. By learning the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, you can acknowledge the kinds of behaviors that signify its beginning stages and get your loved one the care he or she needs in order to maximize quality of life.
Many people confuse typical age-related changes with signs of dementia, but as people grow older, they are going to have occasional mishaps. So how do you know if your loved one’s behavior is a result of dementia? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 10 warning signs will let you know to seek a doctor’s opinion.
Alzheimer’s disease can be categorized into three levels: mild/early, moderate/middle and severe/late. Each has different symptoms and signs.
If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, seek support. Connect with other caregivers and care recipients who know what you are going through. Taking advantage of local support groups is a great way to accomplish this goal. If your community does not offer any type of support programs, alz.org provides message boards and chat rooms where you and your loved one can interact with people in similar situations from the comfort of your own home.
If you are struggling to care for your loved one, realize that sometimes a nursing center is the best place for a person with Alzheimer’s, especially in the later stages. Staff members are trained in caring for people with dementia and have the ability to watch over them around the clock to keep them safe.
It is tragic to see someone you love lose a part of his or her self as a result of a disease. However, by taking steps to ensure your loved one is receiving the right treatment at the right time, you can help him or her hold on to a portion of life that was never meant to be taken away.
To learn more about Alzheimer’s and ways to cope with it, go to helpguide.org, alz.org and nia.nih.gov.