Alzheimer’s disease can be a scary thing to comprehend, but the best thing you can do is to learn about it. Educate yourself, read up on it and understand how you can help the one you love who suffers from this disease.
You may wonder what is Alzheimer’s Disease exactly? What are the symptoms? Does my loved one really have it? What can I do to help fight it off?
Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. It is not a normal part of aging however, it is the most common form of dementia where 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
The first thing to usually happen to your loved one, when diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, is that they start to forget things and not just the everyday things. This kind of forgetfulness is a severe form where it affects their day to day life. They can start out forgetting familiar words or locations, but still carry out a close to normal life. They can drive, go to work and attend family dinners.
In the second or moderate stage of Alzheimer’s often more concern is needed. They can start confusing words, become frustrated with themselves and or others. In this stage they tend to lose the ability to care for themselves and they need help bathing, eating, and dressing. Normal day to day living changes for them.
In last and final stage is where they lose the ability to hold a conversation, they lose awareness of their surroundings, time of day, and overall they need 24/7 care and are often moved to an Alzheimer care home. There they are cared for 24/7 and even have help in all daily living things. Families find it easier and safer for their loved to live in an Alzheimer's care home like Bel Aire Senior Living, because there is CNAs that take care of medicine, they live in a secure home where they can't wander or get hurt, and there is activities for them daily in order to stimulate their minds.
Since Alzheimer’s is not curable one way to slow down its progression is what we call Brain Games. One Brain Game that Bel Aire Senior Living has is Dakim Brain Fitness.
Dakim Brain Fitness is a program that targets certain parts of the brain that are in need of more exercise. Dakim has transformed regular neurological tests and exercises into brain stimulating games. These games have been clinically proven to drastically improve memory, language, attention and concentration.
What helps the most is research and perparing yourself, as well as your loved one for what is to come. Have more questions? Click here to visit our Alzheimer's care page.
Also we have a Alzheimer's suppourt group that meets once a month at our facility in American Fork. Want to know more? Click here to find out.
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