Elder Services in Albany, NY

What is alzheimers?

What is Alzheimer’s disease? What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s? What are my loved one’s best options for Alzheimer’s care?

If you have a loved one who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you likely have many questions about your loved one’s condition. This FAQ gives you answers from the Alzheimer’s care professionals at Visiting Angels®.

On this page, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about Alzheimer’s, including topics like “What is Alzheimer’s?”, “How does Alzheimer’s disease progress?”, and “What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?”.

Have you or a loved one recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? You probably have tons of different questions. You want to learn more about Alzheimer’s, and also provide excellent elder care services for your suffering loved one. These questions include:

  • “What is Alzheimer’s?”
  • “What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s?”
  • “What are my loved one’s options for Alzheimer’s care?”

The professionals at Visiting Angels have come together to answer the most common questions surrounding Alzheimer’s. This information will help you make the right choices for your family when it comes to choosing elder care services.


“What is Alzheimer’s disease?”

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative, progressive brain disorder that often leads to issues such as cognitive decline, memory loss, and behavioral changes.

Alzheimer’s is often considered a terminal condition, with the average life expectancy being 4 to 8 years after the initial diagnosis. Although, some individuals live anywhere from 15 to 20 years after the initial diagnosis.


“What are the risk factors for Alzheimer’s?”

The three biggest risk factors for Alzheimer’s are:

  1. Genetics: Those with a history of Alzheimer’s within the family are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s themselves.
  2. Advanced Age: The vast majority of those with Alzheimer’s are age 65 and older.
  3. Heart Health: Those with poor cardiovascular health will be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.


“What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s?”

The most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s include:

  • Uncommon struggles with day-to-day activities
  • Confusing the names and identities of people
  • Short-term and long-term memory loss
  • Acting more irritability, irrationally, or depressed than usual
  • Becoming confused about the time or place


“What are my loved one’s options for Alzheimer’s care?”

One of the options that you have is moving your loved one to an assisted living facility. Depending on the individual, this can be traumatic. Another option is hiring in-home elder services, like for example, those offered by Visiting Angels. Our senior care is personalized to cater to your loved one’s needs and wants. Choosing elder services, like those offered by Visiting Angels, is choosing a better life for your loved one.


To request a free consultation or learn more about our elder services, contact your local Visiting Angels office.

Each Visiting Angels agency is a franchise that is independently owned and operated. The Franchisor, Living Assistance Services Inc., does not control or manage the day to day business operations of any Visiting Angels franchised agency.