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Since I turned 70, I’ve noticed that I occasionally struggle to recall a familiar fact…

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 12:08:01 PM
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Since I turned 70, I’ve noticed that I occasionally struggle to recall a familiar fact or come up with the right word. Is this an early sign of Alzheimer’s?

Momentary memory lapses occur even in healthy people and are certainly not uncommon among older adults. The fact that your forgetfulness happens only occasionally and that you can recall these episodes after the fact are both encouraging. Typically a person with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia will experience these symptoms with increasing frequency and intensity, and often will not remember them. If you or others notice your forgetfulness occurring more often, becoming more severe, or if it affects the performance of daily activities, you would be wise to get a complete medical examination.

Many Alzheimer’s-like symptoms are actually the result of treatable disorders. And while, in some cases, these symptoms can be halted or even reversed, no treatment can be prescribed until there is an accurate diagnosis. By reviewing a patient’s medical history and conducting a series specialized tests, doctors today have about a 90% success rate in accurately diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease.

Please support our local Alzheimer’s Association at 316-267-7333.

 

“Is there any consensus on what type of treatment is best for people suffering with Alzheimer’s?”

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 12:07:36 PM
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Because of the nature of Alzheimer’s disease, “treatment” is not really an applicable word. Making a determination as to what is “best” really comes down to a matter of individual care (what type of care keeps someone with the disease most content and comfortable). Our two decades of firsthand experience caring for people with Alzheimer’s have given us countless insights to help us answer this question.

The fact is, institutional care tends to confuse and overwhelm people with Alzheimer’s. They typically do better in a relaxed, residential setting. Our suburban homes have no more than six to eight Residents. Each Resident has the same bed, furnishings, mementos and – to whatever extent possible – the same lifestyle they had in their own home. Our method of care is designed to address both the social and physical needs of Residents individually. Increasingly, our Resident-centered approach is being validated by scientific studies, and affirmed by government agencies and medical authorities.

Please support our local Alzheimer’s Association at 316-267-7333.

 

“When is it time?” Signs that your loved one should no longer live alone.

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 12:06:47 PM
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“My mother is forgetting to pay her bills and isn’t managing her finances anymore.”

We frequently hear similar concerns from loved ones of people with Alzheimer’s. While someone at this stage does not yet require long-term care, it may not be wise to leave them living alone. Because people with the disease find it increasingly difficult to deal with numbers, they lose the ability to properly manage their affairs. They often write the wrong date or amount on checks or payment slips, making themselves especially vulnerable to unscrupulous business practices, identity theft, and other crimes. As the disease progresses, they can no longer recall vital information such as their age, address or current year. In addition, they begin to neglect household chores, and stop caring for plants or even pets. Faucets may be left running or burners left on.

When a loved one can no longer manage their own affairs, it is best to bring in a caregiver or move them in with family members to ensure their continued safety and wellbeing.

Please support our local Alzheimer’s Association at 316-267-7333.

 

“When is it time?” When caregiving becomes overwhelming.

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 12:05:42 PM
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As Alzheimer’s sufferers’ cognitive functioning decreases, their dependency on others increases. For caregivers dealing with the incessant questions, the growing anxiety and continuous confusion, the task of providing 24-hour care can be emotionally draining. In addition, the physical demands of helping someone in and out of a bed, chair or tub, or picking them up after a fall may be too great. And for people working full- or part-time while also trying to care for someone with Alzheimer’s, caregiving takes a financial toll as well. A majority of family caregivers report having to make major changes in their work schedules – going in late, leaving early, or taking unscheduled time off – to provide care.

Even the most compassionate family member soon realizes that such efforts are not only impractical but often counterproductive. Nearly 60% of caregivers rate their emotional stress as “high” or “very high,” and about 40% suffer from depression. Should you become incapacitated due to care for a loved one, they lose their most important resource… you, their advocate. When a loved one’s condition poses a threat to the wellbeing of caregivers, it’s time to consider long-term care.

Please support our local Alzheimer’s Association at 316-267-7333.

 

“When is it time?” When a loved one’s own health and safety are at risk.

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 12:05:22 PM
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The progressive effects of Alzheimer’s disease make it increasingly unlikely that a loved one with the disease can safely live alone.

As their cognitive decline becomes more severe, they will find it ever more difficult to perform basic activities of daily living. They may be unable to identify or prepare proper foods, or to select clothing appropriate for the weather. They may get confused about their medications. Their loss of judgment can place them in dangerous situations or make them more vulnerable to crime. They can become disoriented in their surroundings, and be prone to wandering and getting lost. As the disease advances, their physical coordination diminishes and they face increased risk of injury. Hygiene and cleanliness can become issues, making them more subject to illness.

After more than two decades of dealing with families of Alzheimer’s sufferers, we know no one wants to turn their loved one over to the care of someone else. But when memory loss poses a threat to their physical safety and health, it’s time to consider placing them in long-term care.

Please support our local Alzheimer’s Association at 316-267-7333.

 

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