If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you probably have a lot of questions about their condition. Take a look at our FAQ about Alzheimer’s and learn more about the disease and how to find the right Alzheimer's care option for your loved one.
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative, progressive disorder of the brain, meaning that the symptoms of the condition worsen over time. Approximately 5.5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, with the majority of those diagnosed with the condition being over 65 years of age.
After getting an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, most people have a life expectancy of 4 to 8 years, though some people live up to 20 years after the initial diagnosis. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Dementia includes many brain disorders that affect memory. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, with up to 80 percent of all dementia patients actually suffering from Alzheimer’s.
While the cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown, there are many risk factors for this condition, including:
According to Alzheimer’s care experts, the most common symptoms of the condition are:
In the beginning, the symptoms are mild and do not have a big impact on a person’s health, well-being or routines. As Alzheimer’s progresses, the symptoms become worse and worse – to the point that the person may completely lose memory, ability to perform everyday activities, and ability to speak and understand others.
Unfortunately, there is still no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, it is possible to slow down the progress of the condition.
When you are no longer able to take care of your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you can either move him or her to a memory care facility or hire professional caregivers to provide in-home care.
For Alzheimer’s patients, being able to remain in the comfort of their home is a much better option as any changes in surroundings or routine can worsen the symptoms of the condition. With Visiting Angels Gaithersburg, your loved one can get personalized care at home and you can have peace of mind that they are safe and comfortable at all times.
Give us a call today to learn more about our Alzheimer’s care services and how we can help your family!