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Alzheimer's Disease: We're Answering Your Questions

Alzheimer’s Disease: We’re Answering Your Questions

Experiencing an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be quite a shock. You probably have a million questions going through your mind at the moment. In this article, the experts at Visiting Angels are going to answer some of the frequently asked questions surrounding Alzheimer’s disease.

 

What are the early signs of Alzheimer’s?

The first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease often vary from person to person. The most common early signs of include memory problems, vision/spatial issues, and impaired judgment.

 

What are the causes of Alzheimer’s disease?

Doctors and scientists alike don’t have a firm grasp on what exactly causes Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a mix of a variety of factors from genetics to current environment. These factors then slowly begin to affect the brain over the course of decades.

 

Is there a difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia. But, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, as it accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.

 

Is there a cure for Alzheimer’s disease?

Currently, there isn’t a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. There also isn’t a way to stop the progression of the disease. There are medications that a person can take in order to treat the effects of Alzheimer’s.

           

Is Alzheimer’s hereditary?

More often than not, no. Early-onset Alzheimer’s, a rare form of the disease, can be inherited. Most cases are late-onset and those are not hereditary. However, there are genetic factors that can increase someone’s rate of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

 

What type of care is available for people with Alzheimer’s?

There are many types of care available including assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals. In many scenarios, home care is a great solution when possible as it allows your family member to remain in their own home. Staying in a familiar atmosphere can be extremely helpful and comforting during this time.

 

When deciding which care is right for your loved one, be sure to consider home care for seniors. It is an excellent option that can give your family member the one-on-one care they deserve. Contact our office today to learn more about your options. We have the experience and depth of knowledge regarding home care for those living with the disease. If someone you love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to remember that you are not alone.

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