Alzheimer's FAQs from the Home Care Professionals at Visiting Angels of Chelsea, MA
Our Home Care Professionals Assist Seniors with Alzheimer's in Chelsea, Everett, and Surrounding Areas
What is Alzheimer’s? Alzheimer’s and Dementia Basics
- Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases.
Learn more: What We Know Today and Related Dementias.
- Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and most people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. But Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early-onset Alzheimer's (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.
Learn more: Risk Factors
- Alzheimer's worsens over time. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over several years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer's, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer's live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions.
Learn more: 10 Warning Signs and Stages of Alzheimer's Disease.
- Alzheimer's has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer treatments cannot stop Alzheimer's from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and home care professionals. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing.
Learn more: Standard Treatments, Treatment Horizon, Prevention and Clinical Trials.
“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 home care professionals, like for example, those offered by Visiting Angels of Chelsea. Our senior care is personalized to cater to your loved one’s needs and wants. Choosing home care services, like those offered by Visiting Angels of Chelsea, is choosing a better life for your loved one.
To request a free consultation or learn more about our home care professionals, contact Visiting Angels of Chelsea today.
Serving Somerville, Charlestown, Chelsea, Everett, Revere, Cambridge and the Surrounding Areas
Visiting Angels in Chelsea, MA100 Everett Ave #4
Chelsea, MA 02150
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