April 6, 2020
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, since 2000, heart disease-related deaths have decreased 14%, while Alzheimer’s-related deaths have increased 89%. This article contains important information for Toronto's seniors and elders about Alzheimer's and treatments.
When caring for Alzheimer patients at home, ensuring your senior loved one remains as self-sufficient as possible, and yet safe around the house requires a delicate balance. Caregivers providing care for someone with Alzheimer’s must be diligent about identifying potential dangers in the home.
It is important for Toronto families to talk to their senior loved ones about the signs of Alzheimer's. As of 2016, there are an estimated 564,000 Canadians living with dementia - plus about 25,000 new cases diagnosed every year.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6 in 10 people with dementia will wander, and if not found within 24 hours, up to half will suffer serious injury or death. Due to Canada’s growing number of seniors, many of whom are afflicted with Alzheimer’s and dementia, wandering is increasing.
It is hard to see a loved one in pain. What is more difficult is to think of your loved one in pain, but unable to communicate that pain to you or a caregiver. Unfortunately, and for several different reasons, those with dementia or Alzheimer’s often have trouble communicating pain levels.
Sundowning is a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, most often affecting people who have mid- and late-stage dementia. Confusion and agitation worsen in the late afternoon and evening when the sun goes down, and symptoms are less pronounced earlier in the day. Sundowning is also called “late-day confusion.”
For Toronto seniors dealing with Alzheimer's, spouses are more often then not, the first person to fill the caretaker role. And according to a Finnish study, spousal caregivers, especially ones with a previous history of depression, experience the highest level of caregiver stress.
Watching a loved one’s memory fade is not only painful, but also emotionally and physically draining. Caretakers often find themselves repeating sentences mentioned only a moment ago, and reminding patients or loved ones of the many daily tasks needed for proper everyday functioning. There are ways to make these stressful times more bearable, and even possibly slow down the brain’s aging process.