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Senior Care Experts Explore Alzheimer’s Disease

Aug 24, 2018 by Shannon Meller

Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia, is a disease that will gradually develop in an individual and cause problems with the individual’s behavior, memory, and thought processes. Unfortunately, this disease affects more than 10% of senior citizens and their families as well. Since September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we wanted to let you know that the senior care experts at Comfort Keepers are proud to be able to talk about the Walk To End Alzheimer’s and present you a series of blogs that talks about and brings awareness to the disease.

We would love for you to come along on this journey with us that lasts 4 weeks. Throughout the 4 weeks, you will learn more about how to care for those with Alzheimer’s Disease, how it can and does affect the brain, and some of the treatments that are currently available. In part one, below, we will talk more about who is the most at risk for developing this disease, some of the common signs of the disease, and how to receive a proper diagnosis.

The Signs & Risk Factors

Seniors who are 65 and older are most at risk to develop Alzheimer’s Disease. In addition, those seniors who have a family history of Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other related illnesses or genetic factors for the illness, are at a greater risk too. Research has suggested that individuals who have heart conditions may also be at risk. Studies that have been done on demographics show that women are much more likely than men to develop the disease and that African-Americans are the most at risk.

Individuals who develop Alzheimer’s will have interruptions in their daily life and these interruptions can be minor or pretty significant. Senior care providers and loved ones must be on the lookout for the 10 most common signs and they include:

  1. Difficulty remembering new information
  2. Vision problems
  3. Issues with completing tasks that are familiar to them
  4. Changes in personality or mood
  5. Confusing times and places
  6. Difficulty solving simple problems
  7. Poor judgement
  8. Withdrawal from social activities and events
  9. Writing and speaking difficulties
  10. Misplacement of items or inability to retrace steps on a regular basis

How to Get a Diagnosis

The above symptoms can happen to anyone at any time but the key difference here is when these symptoms begin to affect daily life and happen more often. The best way to get a diagnosis is to have your loved one’s senior care provider take them to the doctor or you can accompany them.

Testing for Alzheimer’s will involve a thorough look at the history of the family and a physical and neurological exam. Some other tests may be performed such as brain imaging or blood tests. Medical providers may also test and evaluate your loved one’s mental status to properly track the progression of the disease.

How to Make a Difference

Comfort Keepers of Milwaukee, WI is proud to be a part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk To End Alzheimer’s. We are a part of a national team that is dedicated to bringing funding and awareness to Alzheimer’s disease and also research. We invite you to visit our page below to learn more about our group for the walk or to donate or sign up!

Mark your calendar and we look forward to seeing you there!

The Walk To End Alzheimer’s

Date: Sunday, September 16th

Place: Henry Maier Festival Park 
200 N. Harbor Drive 
Milwaukee, WI 53202 

Time: Registration at 8 am 
Ceremony at 9:30 am 
Walk at 10 am

Route Length: 2 miles

Be sure to come back next week to learn more about how Alzheimer’s Disease progresses and the care that is involved.

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