Those who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are much better off receiving care in the familiar and comfortable environment of their homes. Our caregivers at Assisting Hands have the training and experience to provide excellent memory care for those suffering from these conditions. We can engage your loved ones in memory care exercises that will help reduce the effects of memory loss and we can help counteract mood swings and agitation with positive reinforcement.
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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Home Care in Lombard, IL and the surrounding areas in DuPage county
Dementia is a term that describes a series of symptoms involving the decline in cognitive ability and memory loss. According to Alzheimer’s Association, there are 5.5 million Americans over the age of 65 who are affected by some form of dementia, and 70 percent of those affected by dementia are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in particular. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia and a leading cause of death among seniors in the U.S.
All forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, are degenerative conditions that impair memory and cognitive abilities over time. Those in the early stages of these conditions may have simple lapses in memory, but they will soon forget friends and family members and lose their general awareness. As the conditions progress, those affected will no longer be able to take care of themselves. Assisting Hand provides in-home memory care services for your loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in Lombard, Villa Park, Elmhurst, Addison, IL and surrounding areas in DuPage County, IL.
The Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Senior citizens often experience some degree of memory loss that may not be indicative of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Those in the early stages of these conditions often exhibit more severe symptoms than just occasional lapses in memory. Make sure you check for the early signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease among your elderly loved ones, especially if there is a family history of these conditions. You can ensure that your loved ones get the proper care to manage their symptoms if you catch it early.
The following are common symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia:
- Forgetfulness: Those who suffer from these conditions experience issues with their short-term memory first. If the lapses in memory are frequent, this could be a sign of Alzheimer’s or dementia. The lapses in memory may be trivial at first as they forget where they put their jacket, but they will soon forget those closest to them.
- Wandering: Those affected by dementia wander often because they are in a general state of confusion. They commonly wander looking for things or people that may no longer exist.
- Agitation: Dementia and Alzheimer’s can lead to agitation and mood swings as those affected can sense their cognitive limitations and grow frustrated.
- Incontinence: Those in the later stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia lose control of their bodies which can lead to incontinence and other issues.