Millions of people across the country and the world have been, in some way, affected with Alzheimer’s disease. Some of them have been diagnosed with this disease, while others are dealing with their loved one’s diagnosis. Therefore, it is no wonder that the world of Alzheimer’s research and awareness is so big nowadays. However, up until recently, the focus of Alzheimer’s education was always on what research is being done to find a cure. Nowadays, early detection is receiving more attention and more and a lot of tests are being conducted on how the brain starts to change years before any of the severe symptoms occur. It has been estimated by the Alzheimer’s Association that only 33% of diagnosed older adults are aware that they have the disease. This is why various organizations today are working towards increasing that number. An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is difficult for everyone involved, but identifying it in the early stages can make a significant difference in one’s life. Seniors who get diagnosed while the disease still hasn’t progressed can get a chance to participate in clinical trials, and have time to prepare for the future and find a suitable care solution.
If you are worried that your loved one might develop Alzheimer’s, there are some early symptoms you should pay attention to. In case you notice that your parent is constantly forgetting information such as important dates and events, has trouble managing finances and isn’t willing to plan for future events, you should contact their physician. Seniors who are in the early stages of the disease also get lost while driving on familiar roads, become uninterested in their favorite pastimes and hobbies, have poor judgment and cannot easily follow a conversation. Inability to judge distance and space, losing track of time, sleep problems, misplacing items and increased anxiety or feelings of depression are also common signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
Here at Comfort Keepers, we offer specialized home care to seniors living in Edmonton, AB and surrounding areas, such as Alzheimer’s care. Our caregivers can identify early signs of the disease and report back to you. If your parent has already been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, we can help them remain safe and comfortable at home. With our care services, your parents can receive assistance with daily tasks such as meal preparation, cleaning, transport and more. If you want to learn more about our services and ways we can help your loved one, please contact us today.
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