Aug 22, 2017 by Shannon Meller
Alzheimer’s disease is a specific form of dementia that gradually develops and causes issues with memory, behavior, and thought process. Today, it effects more than 10% of seniors and their families. As part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and the upcoming Walk To End Alzheimer’s, our senior care experts at Comfort Keepers are proud to present a series that both educates and brings awareness.
Join us on our 4 week journey as we learn what Alzheimer’s is, how to care for those with it, how it effects the brain, and the various treatments available. In part one, we will explore who is most at risk, the common signs, and how to get a diagnosis.
Those most at risk to develop Alzheimer’s disease are those that are 65 and older. In addition, those with a family history of dementia related illnesses, as well as other genetic factors, can greatly influence the development of Alzheimer’s. There is also evidence to suggest that those with heart conditions may also be at risk. This has been seen as a result of the brain not being able to be properly nourished by blood, as it isn’t being efficiently delivered by the heart. Demographic studies have also shown that women are more likely to develop the diseases over men, and African-Americans are another group that are most at-risk.
When an individual begins to develop Alzheimer’s, their daily life will be interrupted in various ways. It is up to a loved one’s family or visiting senior care providers to be on the lookout. 10 of the most common signs are:
1. Trouble remembering new information
2. Issues with completing familiar tasks
3. Difficulties with simple problem solving
4. Confusing time and place
5. Speaking or writing difficulties
6. Poor judgement
7. Regular misplacement of items and inability to retrace steps
8. Withdrawal from social events and activities
9. Changes in mood and/or personality
10. Vision issues
Even in our youth we can sometimes forget what day it is, stumble over what words to use, or make a bad decision. It is when these issues become a daily occurrence as well as a hindrance that they should be highly considered. The best way to test to see if you or a loved one has Alzheimer’s is to see your medical provider. They can run a variety of tests as well as recommend you to a specialist to determine the primary causes of the issues.
Testing for Alzheimer’s typically involves a thorough look into your family’s medical history in addition to a physical and neurological exam. Other tests may also be conducted, such as blood tests or brain imaging, in order to better determine the causes of the symptoms. Your medical provider may also conduct tests to evaluate your loved one’s current metal status, so as to better track the progress of the disease and its effects. This information can also be used to determine the best direction to go when it comes to their senior care.
Comfort Keepers of City, ST is proud to be part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk To End Alzheimer’s. We are part of a national team created to bring awareness and funding surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and research. Visit our page below to learn more about our group for the walk, sign up, or donate!
Be sure to mark the date on your calendar!
Sunday, September 17th
Henry Maier Festival Park
200 North Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Registration at 8:00 am
Ceremony at 9:30 am
Walk at 10 am
Come back next week to learn about how Alzheimer’s progresses, and the care involved.