Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of dementia among seniors and affects roughly five million people over the age of 65. Yet, most adult children don’t know much about it.
1. What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s is a progressive and mentally degenerative disease that affects behavior, memory, and thinking.
2. What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?
Although symptoms vary from person to person, Alzheimer’s disease always affects memory and cognitive functioning, making it difficult at times to recognize friends and family or find the right words to use. Other symptoms include confusion, anxiety, agitation, loss of bladder and bowel control, wandering, sleep disturbance, and weight loss caused by loss of appetite. Eventually, seniors with Alzheimer’s will need full-time in-home Alzheimer’s care in Bridgewater.
3. What causes Alzheimer’s disease?
Scientists have not found precisely what causes the disease, except that age is the largest determining factor.
4. How is Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed?
An evaluation of medical history, blood analysis, MRIs, and mental status testing are often used in conjunction with one another to diagnose Alzheimer’s. A diagnosis cannot be made using just one single test.
5. What is the treatment for Alzheimer’s disease?
There is no cure for the disease but there are medications on the market that may delay the symptoms and help keep your senior loved one more comfortable. If diagnosed early on, your senior loved one can have a say in the type of treatment they would prefer and ongoing care options, like aging in place with the help of a Bridgewater caregiver. There are also a whole host of holistic, alternative treatment options.
6. How long do individuals with Alzheimer’s disease live?
Each senior is different, but the average number of years lived after diagnosis is 8, while some seniors with Alzheimer’s have lived up to 20 years.
7. Is Alzheimer’s disease genetic?
Studies show that early-onset Alzheimer’s disease may be inherited, however less than one percent of cases are considered hereditary.
Interested in learning more? Reach out to Bridgewater Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are experts in Alzheimer’s care and can assist with a wide variety of daily tasks, promoting a safe, happy, and healthy lifestyle for your senior loved one. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call a Care Manager at (908) 450-9400.