Elderly Home Care Can Help Care for People with Alzheimer's Disease in Greater Kansas City, MO

Visiting Angels' Elderly Home Care Helps Seniors with Alzheimer's Disease Live Comfortably in Kansas City, Lee's Summit, Liberty, and Surrounding Areas

When it comes to caring for a senior with Alzheimer's, the most essential resource is a elderly home care support system.

Over 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Alzheimer's, a brain disease which is fatal, causes a slow decline in reasoning, thinking, and memory skills, thus requires specialized elderly home care support. While there is no doubt that such a diagnosis can be both devastating and frightening, there are many steps clients and families can take to make it through this overwhelming time.

There is a myriad of therapies and treatments for Alzheimer's. However, there is currently no known cure. These options can slow the symptoms and results of dementia, and in turn improve the quality of life for those who live with the disease, as well as their families and elderly care providers. If you think that a loved one is displaying symptoms of Alzheimer's, it is vital to bring them to their physician for a diagnosis as soon as possible. Once a person has a diagnosis, then Visiting Angels of Kansas City can create an elderly home care plan.

Here are 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

  • Memory loss: significant short or long-term memory loss that disrupts daily living - like not remembering names, recent events, new information, or where things go.
  • Challenges with solving problems or planning: taking more time than usual to perform simple tasks like following a recipe or paying monthly bills.
  • Difficulty performing or completing familiar tasks, be it at home or work.
  • Confusion about place and time: individuals living with the disease have issues keeping track of the time and date, as well as seasons.
  • Losing the ability to go back and retrace steps and misplacing things: those living with Alzheimer’s may not put things in their usual place, perhaps even accusing others of stealing because of it.
  • A decrease in decision-making skills or poor judgment calls: there may be problems paying attention to hygiene and grooming, or issues with financial scams.
  • Withdrawal from work activities or social pursuits.
  • Trouble understanding spatial relationships and visual images: look for difficulty in determining color or contrast, reading, or judging distances.
  • New problems with words: be it writing or speaking, seniors may experience issues with finding the correct words to use when speaking or writing, as well as problems following conversations and directions.
  • Personality or mood changes: this may include withdrawal and disinterest in social activities, depression or extreme mood swings, as well as suspicion or anxiety.

Specialized Home Care

If your beloved senior displays any of the previous symptoms, time is of the essence for a diagnosis. These are warning signs of Alzheimer's, not a normal progression of the aging process, and needs to be evaluated immediately by a physician. While some older adults may display one or two of these signs at any time, it is imperative to understand that, with Alzheimer's, all these symptoms will both gradually increase and eventually become more persistent.

You Are Not Alone!

Visiting Angels of Kansas City is an elderly home care agency that specializes in at home senior care for both Alzheimer's and dementia care in Kansas City, Lee's Summit, Liberty, Belton, and the surrounding area. If you or a member of your family has received a diagnosis for dementia or Alzheimer's, we are here to help you navigate this troubling time. Contact our agency today at 816-398-8595 for more information about our specialized elderly home care services and programs to explore the many options you have with our teams.

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