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Caring For Someone with Alzheimer's
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Visiting Angels Maryland Offices
Visiting Angels in Eldersburg, MD
6505 Ridenour Way E #1B
Eldersburg MD 21784
Phone: 410-324-6347

Visiting Angels in Largo, MD
9701 Apollo Dr #297
Largo MD 20774
Phone: 301-583-8820

Visiting Angels in Silver Spring, MD
804 Pershing Dr #110
Silver Spring MD 20910
Phone: 301-690-8552

Visiting Angels in Towson, MD
100 West Rd #300
Towson MD 21204
Phone: 443-841-5455

Visiting Angels in Gaithersburg, MD
971A Russell Ave
Gaithersburg MD 20879
Phone: 301-719-5140

Visiting Angels in Owings Mills, MD
10451 Mill Run Circle #400
Owings Mills MD 21117
Phone: 410-517-7702

Visiting Angels in Baltimore, MD
7206 Belair Rd
Baltimore MD 21206
Phone: 410-882-8201

Visiting Angels in Waldorf, MD
50 Post Office Rd #201
Waldorf MD 20602
Phone: 301-281-6866

Visiting Angels in Frederick, MD
801 Toll House Ave #A-3
Frederick MD 21701
Phone: 301-418-6172

Visiting Angels in Waynesboro, PA
10764 Buchanan Trail E
Waynesboro PA 17268
Phone: 717-749-0458

Visiting Angels in Millersville, MD
8338 Veterans Hwy #103A
Millersville MD 21108
Phone: 410-587-2316

Visiting Angels in Easton, MD
221 Glenwood Ave
Easton MD 21601
Phone: 443-746-0494

Caring For Someone with Alzheimer's

According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease, a fatal brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be frightening and devastating to an individual and their loved ones, but there are some steps you can take to make it through.

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are treatments and therapies that can slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve the quality of life for those with the disease and their caregivers. If you suspect your loved one is showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s, it is extremely important to be proactive by getting them to their physician, and if a diagnosis is made, to get a care team and plan in place as soon as possible.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life: not remembering recent events, names, where things go, and other new information.

  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems: Having trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills, difficulty concentrating and taking much longer to do things than previously should be taken seriously.

  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home or at work.

  4. Confusion about time and place: People with Alzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time.

  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships: look for difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast.

  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing: Signs include trouble finding the appropriate words, completing sentences, and following directions and conversations.

  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps: People with Alzheimer’s may put things in unusual places, or accuse others of stealing.

  8. Decreased or poor judgment when making decisions: There may be issues with monetary scams or less attention to grooming and hygiene.

  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.

  10. Changes in mood or personality: Signs include increased depression, fearfulness, anxiety or suspicion, rapid and persistent mood swings, withdrawal and disinterest in usual activities.

If your loved one is displaying any of these warning signs, it is vital to have them evaluated by a physician and screened for Alzheimer’s. It is important to remember that Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of the aging process, and it should not be mistaken for basic forgetfulness. Every person may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees, but with Alzheimer’s disease, these symptoms gradually increase and become more persistent.

Alzheimer's Support is the Most Important Resource

If a physician diagnoses Alzheimer’s, the more proactive you are in making decisions regarding caring for someone with Alzheimer's, the more you can manage the disease. Here are a few basic steps to help if you or someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s:

  1. Educate yourself about the disease. The more you know, the more you can be prepared. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and the Alzheimer’s Association are two great resources.

  2. Take care of financial, legal and long-term care planning issues. Discuss wishes related to future care and end-of-life issues.

  3. Employ cognitive stimulation. Listening to music, word puzzles and memory games can help and can provide a positive experience for the patient and caregivers.

  4. Arrange respite and/or regular professional care. Even if you are willing and able to be a primary caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient, you will need help, if only to take a short break. Plus, it helps to introduce a professional caregiver while a person is still in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, because once the disease progresses it can be more difficult and upsetting to change routines. When looking to hire home care help, try to find a person who has Dementia Care Professionals of America training or experience with dementia care clients. Visiting Angels, for example, the nation’s leading network for quality, compassionate home care, is one local home care franchised agency that provides this training to its staff.

  5. Build a support system. Being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s can be stressful and overwhelming. Find people to talk to, reach out for help, and always make time to maintain your own physical and mental health. Many local hospitals and departments of aging offer free support groups, along with sites like the National Family Caregivers Association and Caring.com.
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, know that you are not alone. For more information or to explore care options, call Visiting Angels at 800-365-4189 or request Alzheimer's care here to learn more.

 

Serving Baltimore, Bel Air, Easton Edgewater, Eldersburg, Frederick Gaithersburg, Hagerstown, Largo Laurel, Millersville, Pikesville, Silver Spring, Towson & Waldorf, Maryland

Visiting Angels Maryland Offices
Visiting Angels in Eldersburg, MD
6505 Ridenour Way E #1B
Eldersburg MD 21784
Phone: 410-324-6347

Visiting Angels in Largo, MD
9701 Apollo Dr #297
Largo MD 20774
Phone: 301-583-8820

Visiting Angels in Silver Spring, MD
804 Pershing Dr #110
Silver Spring MD 20910
Phone: 301-690-8552

Visiting Angels in Towson, MD
100 West Rd #300
Towson MD 21204
Phone: 443-841-5455

Visiting Angels in Gaithersburg, MD
971A Russell Ave
Gaithersburg MD 20879
Phone: 301-719-5140

Visiting Angels in Owings Mills, MD
10451 Mill Run Circle #400
Owings Mills MD 21117
Phone: 410-517-7702

Visiting Angels in Baltimore, MD
7206 Belair Rd
Baltimore MD 21206
Phone: 410-882-8201

Visiting Angels in Waldorf, MD
50 Post Office Rd #201
Waldorf MD 20602
Phone: 301-281-6866

Visiting Angels in Frederick, MD
801 Toll House Ave #A-3
Frederick MD 21701
Phone: 301-418-6172

Visiting Angels in Waynesboro, PA
10764 Buchanan Trail E
Waynesboro PA 17268
Phone: 717-749-0458

Visiting Angels in Millersville, MD
8338 Veterans Hwy #103A
Millersville MD 21108
Phone: 410-587-2316

Visiting Angels in Easton, MD
221 Glenwood Ave
Easton MD 21601
Phone: 443-746-0494

CDC Updates
Get the latest information on COVID-19 from the Department of Health

Serving Baltimore, Bel Air, Easton Edgewater, Eldersburg, Frederick Gaithersburg, Hagerstown, Largo Laurel, Millersville, Pikesville, Silver Spring, Towson & Waldorf, Maryland

Visiting Angels Maryland Offices
Visiting Angels in Eldersburg, MD
6505 Ridenour Way E #1B
Eldersburg MD 21784
Phone: 410-324-6347

Visiting Angels in Largo, MD
9701 Apollo Dr #297
Largo MD 20774
Phone: 301-583-8820

Visiting Angels in Silver Spring, MD
804 Pershing Dr #110
Silver Spring MD 20910
Phone: 301-690-8552

Visiting Angels in Towson, MD
100 West Rd #300
Towson MD 21204
Phone: 443-841-5455

Visiting Angels in Gaithersburg, MD
971A Russell Ave
Gaithersburg MD 20879
Phone: 301-719-5140

Visiting Angels in Owings Mills, MD
10451 Mill Run Circle #400
Owings Mills MD 21117
Phone: 410-517-7702

Visiting Angels in Baltimore, MD
7206 Belair Rd
Baltimore MD 21206
Phone: 410-882-8201

Visiting Angels in Waldorf, MD
50 Post Office Rd #201
Waldorf MD 20602
Phone: 301-281-6866

Visiting Angels in Frederick, MD
801 Toll House Ave #A-3
Frederick MD 21701
Phone: 301-418-6172

Visiting Angels in Waynesboro, PA
10764 Buchanan Trail E
Waynesboro PA 17268
Phone: 717-749-0458

Visiting Angels in Millersville, MD
8338 Veterans Hwy #103A
Millersville MD 21108
Phone: 410-587-2316

Visiting Angels in Easton, MD
221 Glenwood Ave
Easton MD 21601
Phone: 443-746-0494