Dementia is a blanket term used to describe physical changes to the brain that cause memory loss and inhibit everyday tasks of the affected. What you may not know is that there are many different kinds of dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease has affected the lives of many, whether it be experienced firsthand or something we watch a loved one endure; its impacts are significant. Thankfully in today’s era, bright minds and eager hearts are pushing back with intense Alzheimer’s disease research. They are fighting the good fight, and in the future not so distant from now, we hope to see this disease done away with entirely.
You wouldn’t be the first to ask the question “What is Alzheimer’s disease?”, and you won’t be the last either. Alzheimer’s disease is not a new disease, but it is one surging into the public spotlight in recent years. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, researchers are beginning to understand it in more depth and continue to work towards finding one. Memory care services, like those provided at Oaks Senior Living, are in place to help those affected by the disease. Awareness is one of the keys to helping defeat Alzheimer’s disease.
With the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s Disease on the rise, it is important to identify early signs of the disease and how to prevent it. If your loved one starts showing early signs of Alzheimer’s, do not panic. You can help them fight cognitive deterioration and keep their brain sharp! Even before a diagnosis, it is a good idea to help them start these practices before any signs show. Just follow the best ways to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and remember: F.I.G.H.T.
One of the first questions we receive when we meet a family looking for memory care services is ‘How do I pay for this?’. Budget is always a concern for anyone who is considering any senior living option. While paying out of pocket from a bank or savings account is always an option, it is often not feasible for many families to cover the cost of memory care that way.
As a person ages, it is common to notice a decline in cognitive abilities. You may see a decline in your loved one's reasoning ability, memory, processing speed, and even vocabulary. While some cognitive decline comes with aging, abnormal or intense symptoms may be a sign of dementia or Alzheimer's.
If you are considering memory care for your loved one, you know there are many options to select from – so much so that the choice can become overwhelming. Caring for an individual with Alzheimer's disease or dementia requires specialized care in a secure environment, different from a typical assisted living community. It is important when visiting these senior living communities you ask clarifying questions to help you understand what life would be like there on a day-to-day basis.
Do you know how to manage the effects of Dementia? It is important to know how dementia develops and how crucial a healthy lifestyle plays into effect. We need to first understand the experiences of older adults that may lead to poor nutrition and eventually to dementia. We put together the best methods to curb the effects of dementia and enjoy more quality time with your loved one.
Historically, 2015 has been one of the biggest years yet for Alzheimer’s research with awareness efforts ramped up from Hollywood and Congress increasing funds by 60% in June. Now, included in a budget proposal an astonishing 50% increase in Alzheimer’s research is expected to pass in Congress before the year-ends.