Support for Alzheimer's in Burlington, VT and the Surrounding Area

The Alzheimer’s Association reports that over 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s. If you believe that someone you love may have Alzheimer’s, a proactive diagnosis is very important. Although there isn’t a cure for Alzheimer’s, there are treatments and medications available to slow the worsening of the disease and find support for Alzheimer’s. Below is a list of symptoms to watch out for:

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts everyday life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home or work
  4. Confusion about time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  7. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  8. Changes in mood or personality
  9. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  10. Decreased or poor judgment when making decisions

Are some of these Alzheimer’s warning signs familiar to you? Get your loved one screened for Alzheimer’s as soon as possible. Some of these symptoms can be mistaken for the normal side effects of the aging process. But, with Alzheimer’s, the symptoms will become worse and multiply with time. With normal aging, a senior may experience a symptom or two in varying degrees.

If your loved one has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, here are a few initial steps that you can take to educate yourself and find support for Alzheimer’s.

  1. Educate yourself about the disease. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and the Alzheimer’s Association are great sources of information.
  2. Encourage cognitive stimulation
  3. Take care of financial, legal, and long-term care planning issues
  4. Arrange respite and/or regular professional home care solutions. Visiting Angels of Vermont, for example, provides Dementia Care Professionals of America training to its caregivers.
  5. Build a strong support system around you. Websites like the National Family Caregivers Association and Caring.com can help you find free support groups in your area.

Struggling to find support for Alzheimer’s? Visiting Angels of Vermont offers Alzheimer’s care for local seniors living with the illness. Call 802-210-1108 to learn more about how our services can support your family.

 

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