FAQs and Alzheimer's Resources for Families in Hoboken, NJ and the Surrounding Area
Visiting Angels Provides Alzheimer's Resources for Seniors in Hoboken, Union City, and Nearby Cities
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative brain disorder that is characterized by memory loss, cognitive decline, and behavioral changes. Roughly 5.5 million Americans, the majority of whom are older adults (over the age of 65), are living with Alzheimer’s. However, Early Onset Alzheimer’s affects approximately 200,000 Americans under the age of 65, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
If you have a loved one who has recently been diagnosed, you likely have many questions. The following are Alzheimer's resources from Visiting Angels of Hoboken, a local agency of home health aids and caregivers.
What are the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s?
Most symptoms, particularly early signs of Alzheimer’s, are expressed through a person’s speech, thought patterns, and behaviors.
The most prominent symptoms include:
- Short-term and long-term memory loss
- Trouble solving simple problems
- Uncommon struggles with day-to-day activities
- Words forgotten or mixed up
- Items lost more frequently
- Confusion about current time or place
- Confusion about the names and identities of people
- Irrational, irritable, or depressed behaviors and actions
How Does Alzheimer’s Disease Progress?
Symptoms typically start to appear in old adults, though some cases of Alzheimer’s begin in a person’s 40’s or 50’s. At first, symptoms will be mild and will have minimal impact on the person’s well-being. By the final stages of the disease, the person may lose all short-term and long-term memory, the ability to speak and to understand speech, and the ability to perform basic personal activities, such as how to use the bathroom or eat on their own.
Click for Alzheimer’s resources and to learn how to prepare for the stages of Alzheimer’s.
Does Alzheimer’s Disease Have a Cure?
Despite the vast amount of Alzheimer's resources, there is currently no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and the disease’s progress is believed to be irreversible. Modern treatments and clinical trials are limited to slowing the onset of the disease, delaying its initial symptoms, or reducing its progress.
Alzheimer’s resources recommend that individuals at risk or living with Alzheimer’s disease focus on healthy lifestyle choices, particularly focusing on cardiovascular health. Interventions such as improved sleep habits, increased omega-3 intake, and decreased stress are also proven to reduce the risk.
What are Options for Alzheimer’s Care?
As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, individuals living with the disease require high levels of care to ensure their well-being and safety. Individuals with early stage and mid-stage Alzheimer’s are typically cared for by friends or family. But as the disease reaches its later stages, professional Alzheimer’s care is often required.
One option for care is moving your loved one into a nursing care facility. However, this can be traumatic for individuals with Alzheimer’s, and it is typically considered a last resort.
Another option is to hire Alzheimer’s home care services, such as those offered by Visiting Angels of Hoboken. This specialized in-home care helps individuals in Hoboken, NJ and other nearby cities live with Alzheimer’s disease in the familiarity of their own home.
Alzheimer’s home care is distinct from traditional home care, since individuals with Alzheimer’s have distinct care needs from other seniors. Visiting Angels of Hoboken’s specialized care is designed around the unique challenges of the disease, as well as the recipient’s individual care needs. Care is provided in the comfort of the recipient’s home, and services are performed by caregivers who are uniquely qualified to care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s.
If you are in need of more Alzheimer’s resources or would like to know more about Alzheimer’s care services offered by Visiting Angels, call Visiting Angels of Hoboken at 201-389-7015 to request a free consultation.
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