Alzheimer’s Care in Dover, NH – National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November to be National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month. There is a great deal of research going on about Alzheimer’s disease all over the country. November is the perfect time to share answers and resources as well as raise awareness for this disease and give honor to the millions of caregivers who care for their family members with Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the National Center on Caregiving, “Alzheimer’s disease poses real challenges for both the person diagnosed with AD and to those who assume caregiving responsibilities. This does not mean that there will no longer be times of joy, shared laughter and companionship. AD often develops gradually, offering time to adjust to the diagnosis, plan ahead, and spend quality time together.” When you provide care for a family member with this disease, you have a special opportunity to increase your bond. Some things will change, and it will be a rocky road to travel at times. But there is always hope and you can find joy in the person you know and remember even if the person before you is going through changes.
Remember your elderly loved one didn’t choose Alzheimer’s, and they can’t control the progress of the disease. The National Center of Caregiving goes on to say, “This disease can appear as young as age 30, but is typically diagnosed after age 60, and risk of having the disease increases with age. By age 90 as much as 40% of the population may be affected. The genetics of AD are complex and knowledge is changing rapidly. Except for a small percent of families where a single gene causes the disease, having a family member with AD increases your risk only moderately.” For more details, see the website located at https://caregiver.org/alzheimers-disease-caregiving.
The first steps toward diagnosis are made when the doctor establishes the memory loss as being abnormal and patterns of the symptoms match those of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Other cognitive abilities are also affected, such as perception, judgment and reasoning. Your loved one’s doctor can determine if further testing is warranted.
New research into identifying biomarkers of AD in a person’s blood or spinal fluid is making rapid scientific progress. After diagnosis, there will be care decisions to be made. These decisions should be made as early as possible so you can include your elderly family member and see what they desire for their care.
When your loved one is in the early stages of the disease, he or she will still be able to mostly carry on with normal life. They may need to retire their driver’s license and get help making sure bills are paid. They may need someone to come in and cook for them. You may be able to handle some of these tasks. As the disease progresses you can call on Alzheimer’s home care to assist you in the 24 hour care your loved one will need.
If you or someone you know needs Alzheimer’s home care in Dover, NH, contact the caregivers at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (603) 609-0166 for more information.
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