ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

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It was often thought that Alzheimer’s only affected the elderly, but research has shown this is not the case.  Younger-onset Alzheimer’s affects individuals under 65 years of age.  Whatever the age, this diagnosis can be devastating not only for the individual but as his or her family as well.   It is important, therefore, that  if you or your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s that you start by by learning about the disease so you and your family will know what to expect and have a plan in place as the disease progresses.

What You Need to Know About The 3 Stages of Alzheimer’s

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 3 stages of Alzheimer’s:  (a) Early; (b) Mild; and (c) Late Stage.

In the early stage of Alzheimer’s, a person may function independently.  He or she may still drive, work and be part of social activities.

Moderate Alzheimer’s is typically the longest stage and can last for many years. As the disease progresses, the person with Alzheimer’s will require a greater level of care.  You may notice the person with Alzheimer’s confusing words, getting frustrated or angry, or acting in unexpected ways, such as refusing to bathe.  Damage to nerve cells in the brain can make it difficult to express thoughts and perform routine tasks.

In the final or late stage of Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, to carry on a conversation and, eventually, to control movement. They may still say words or phrases, but communicating pain becomes difficult.  As memory and cognitive skills continue to worsen, personality changes may take place and individuals need extensive help with daily activities.

MediCrest Home Care Will Provide All The Help You Need Every Step of The Way

Along with our experienced RNs and LPNs, MediCrest Home Care’s has a Certified Dementia Practitioner on staff who can provide support and useful information to both the caregiver and family.  Information will also be provided on how to care for the afflicted individual and what to expect as the disease progresses.   Our caring team provides ongoing professional supervision, evaluations and modifications to the Plan of Care, as needed.  Our caregivers are caring professionals who will provide the right communication, activities and personal care to you and your loved ones.

 

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