Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Our Alzheimer's Home Care Agency in the Greater Augusta, GA Area

Our Home Care Agency Professionals Answer Questions from Our Augusta Neighbors

When you have a loved one who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, it is sure to bring up a lot of questions. What is Alzheimer's disease and what are its symptoms? What choices are there regarding the care of someone with Alzheimer's? To help those with a loved one who has been diagnosed with this debilitating disease, our home care agency has put together the answers to the most frequently asked questions for you.

1. What Is Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's disease is described as a progressive, degenerative disease that affects a person's mental capabilities. Common symptoms include memory loss, decline in cognitive abilities, and changes in behavior. Approximately 5.5 million Americans currently live with this disease, most of which are over 65. It is a terminal disease with a life expectancy of 4 to 8 years and is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.

2. What Is the Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease?

Dementia is not a single condition; it is instead an umbrella term that covers numerous mental disorders that cause memory loss. Sixty to 80% of all dementia cases are diagnosed as Alzheimer's. However, while all those with Alzheimer's have dementia, not all with dementia have Alzheimer's disease as there are many forms of dementia.

3. What Are the Risk Factors Associated with Alzheimer's Disease?

There are a wide range of risk factors that can lead to Alzheimer's, but to date there is no known cure. Research is ongoing, but the most common risk factors are:

  • Age – most Alzheimer's patients are over the age of 65.
  • Genetics – those with a family history of Alzheimer's are at risk.
  • Heart Health – those with a history of hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, or cardiac arrest are at high risk.

Along with these factors, there are others, including sleeping problems, high-stress levels, heavy smoking, heavy drinking, a history of head trauma, exposure to air pollution can also lead to Alzheimer's.

4. What Are the Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease?

There are many symptoms of Alzheimer's, especially during the early stages. Among the most common symptoms are:

  • Short-term and long-term memory loss
  • Difficulty with simple problems
  • Struggling to complete routine daily tasks
  • Problems with mixing up words or forgetting them when talking
  • Loses things and becomes lost more easily
  • Confusion, especially about dates and times
  • Becomes confused with names
  • Behavior changes including irritability, irrational behavior, and depression

5. What Is the Progression of Alzheimer's?

The progression is often so slow in the early stages the person may not show symptoms. The three phases of Alzheimer's are:

  • Mild – minimal impact on the person's life and well-being
  • Moderate – symptoms such as confusion, memory loss, and difficulty with words are common
  • Severe – possible complete loss of both short and long-term memory, loss of ability to speak or understand speech, inability to perform most personal care activities.

6. Is There a Cure for Alzheimer's Disease?

To date medical research has not found a cure for Alzheimer's disease, and it is irreversible. Currently, doctors are working on ways to prevent, delay early symptoms, and slow its progression.

7. What Options Are There For Care If My Loved One Has Alzheimer's?

When a person is in the early or mid-stages of Alzheimer's they can be cared for by family members. But once they reach the severe and final stage, professional care, such as the services offered by our home care agency is typically required.

Care Options Include:

  • Moving your loved one into a nursing home care agency.
  • Hiring a senior home care agency that specializes in Alzheimer's care. Agencies like Visiting Angels of Augusta offer care that is designed to meet each of their client's specific needs and provide the care needed while allowing them to continue living home in familiar surroundings.

If you would like to learn more about Alzheimer's care in Augusta, GA and the surrounding area, contact our home care agency today!

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