Explore Alzheimer's Care for Seniors in Lynchburg, VA and the Surrounding Areas
Visiting Angels Offers Alzheimer’s Care for Seniors in Lynchburg, Amherst, and Nearby Cities in Campbell County
An Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis can be devastating for the entire family. Alzheimer’s is a terminal condition characterized by memory loss, cognitive decline, and behavioral changes. It is degenerative and progressive which means it causes deterioration and symptoms worsen over time. Some important facts about Alzheimer’s:
- Most people live four to eight years after diagnosis
- In its later stages, the disease can have a severe impact on performing daily tasks
- It is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Approximately 5.5 million Americans live with the disease
While receiving a diagnosis for Alzheimer’s Disease is heart wrenching, all is not lost. Your loved one can still live an independent and safe life with Alzheimer’s care for seniors by Visiting Angels of Lynchburg. We are here to help ease the burden as the disease progresses.
Look for These Warning Signs
If your loved one displays these symptoms, they should be screened for Alzheimer’s by a physician. Basic forgetfulness can be part of the normal aging process. But with Alzheimer’s, these symptoms gradually increase and become more severe with time.
- Disruptive memory loss affecting daily life, such as forgetting names or recent events
- Misplacing items and the inability to retrace steps
- Decreased ability to make decisions or demonstrate good judgment
- Decreased ability to plan, solve problems, or concentrate
- Difficulty understanding visual images or responding to color or contrast
- New or worsening problems with language
- New or worsening confusion about time and place, dates, or seasons
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks or handling projects that were once easy
- Withdrawal from social activities or interpersonal interactions
- Changes in personality or mood
Seek Alzheimer's Support
Be proactive in making decisions about Alzheimer's care for seniors. These basic steps can help manage the disease:
- Educate yourself about Alzheimer’s; the more you know, the more you can prepare. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and Alzheimer’s Association are great resources.
- Arrange respite care. As the primary caregiver, you will eventually need help. Short breaks will let you rest and rejuvenate. To ease the transition, introduce a professional caregiver into the family during Alzheimer’s early stages. As the disease progresses, it will be difficult and upsetting to change caregivers. When hiring professional care for seniors, look for those with specific Alzheimer’s training and credentials, like Visiting Angels of Lynchburg.
- Build a support system. The role of Alzheimer’s care provider can be stressful and overwhelming. Reach out to family and friends for help and make time to maintain your own physical and mental health. Also, many hospitals and departments of aging offer free support groups; sites like the National Family Caregivers Association and Caring.com.
- Consult professionals to take care of financial, legal, and long-term care issues. Discuss future care wishes and end of life care for seniors.
- Use cognitive stimulation. Listening to music and doing word puzzles and memory games can provide a positive experience for both the patient and caregivers.
Contact Visiting Angels of Lynchburg Today
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, please know that you are not alone. To learn more about Visiting Angels of Lynchburg’s Alzheimer’s care for seniors, call us at 434-337-3836.
Serving Lynchburg, Forest, Amherst, Campbell County, VA, and the Surrounding Area
Visiting Angels LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA2900 Old Forest Rd Suite B
Lynchburg, VA 24501