Elderly Care in Raleigh, NC and Surrounding Areas - Alzheimer’s FAQs

What is alzheimers?

What are the risk factors for Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s has a number of risk factors. While scientists are still researching the exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers have identified a number of risk factors.

The three biggest risk factors for Alzheimer’s are as follows:

  • Advanced Age. In the vast majority of cases, symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease begin after the age of 65.
  • Genetics. Individuals with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease are at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s themselves.
  • Heart Health. Poor cardiovascular health increases one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Individuals with a history of hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, or cardiac arrest will be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Other risk factors include: sleeping problems, high stress levels, heavy smoking, heavy drinking, a history of head trauma, exposure to air pollution, and others.

What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease has a wide range of symptoms. Most symptoms of Alzheimer’s, particularly early on, are expressed through a person’s speech, thought patterns, and behaviors.

The most prominent symptoms of Alzheimer’s include:

  • Short-term and long-term memory loss
  • Trouble solving simple problems
  • Uncommon struggles with day-to-day activities
  • Forgets words or begins mixing up words
  • Loses items or becomes lost more frequently
  • Becomes confused about current time or place
  • Confuses the names and identities of people
  • Acts more irrationally, irritably, or depressed than usual

What are elderly care options for Alzheimer’s care?

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, individuals living with the disease tend to require high levels of elderly 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 Alzheimer’s disease reaches its later stages, professional Alzheimer’s care is often required.

One option for Alzheimer’s 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 your local Visiting Angels. What is Alzheimer’s home care? This specialized type of in-home care is designed to help individuals age in place with Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s home care is distinct from traditional home care, since individuals with Alzheimer’s have distinct care needs from other seniors. In Alzheimer’s care, the care recipient’s care plan is designed around the unique challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the care recipient’s individual care needs. Care is provided in the comfort of the care recipient’s home, and services are performed by caregivers who are uniquely qualified to care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s.

Learn more about Alzheimer’s elderly care services offered by Visiting Angels today, or contact Visiting Angels Raleigh at 919-787-4317 to request a free consultation.

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