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If You Notice Signs of Alzheimer’s, Professional Elderly Care Services Can Help

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Alzheimer’s disease is a challenging and emotional topic for many families, affecting millions across the United States. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 1 in 9 Americans aged 65 and older suffer from Alzheimer’s, with over one-third of individuals over the age of 85 affected. This devastating disease demands careful attention and care, particularly as its progression impacts daily life.

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Its Impact

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects memory and cognitive function. This disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. Alzheimer’s disease slowly destroys brain cells, leading to a decline in mental capabilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. Symptoms often start subtly and worsen over time, impacting memory, thinking, and behavior. The onset of Alzheimer’s usually necessitates additional care to ensure the safety and comfort of the affected individual. At Neighborly Home Care, we understand the profound impact Alzheimer’s has on both the patient and their families. Our compassionate and skilled caregivers are here to support you through this challenging journey.

How Alzheimer’s Disease Impacts Those Afflicted

Below are common symptoms that people suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease have to endure. 

Memory Loss

One of the earliest and most noticeable symptoms of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, which can manifest as difficulty remembering names, common objects, or how to perform everyday tasks. Individuals may experience confusion and frustration, struggling to recall once-familiar information. This memory loss can also lead to disorientation about time and place, making navigating their surroundings difficult.

Cognitive Decline

As Alzheimer’s progresses, various cognitive functions, including reasoning, problem-solving, and decision-making are affected. Patients may have difficulty following conversations, completing familiar tasks, or understanding visual images and spatial relationships. This cognitive decline can significantly impact their independence and quality of life.

Behavioral and Psychological Changes

Individuals with Alzheimer’s may experience significant changes in their personality and behavior, including increased agitation, anxiety, depression, and mood swings. They may become easily upset, exhibit aggressive behavior, or withdraw from social activities. These changes can be distressing for both the patient and their caregivers.

Loss of Independence

As the disease advances, individuals with Alzheimer’s often require increasing levels of care and support. Basic activities such as dressing, bathing, and eating may become challenging. Eventually, many patients will need round-the-clock care to ensure their safety and well-being.

How Alzheimer’s Disease Impacts Loved Ones

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I just wanted to tell you how grateful we are that Neighborly Home Care stepped in & took over taking care of my Dad when we really needed it, no questions asked. Our caregiver has become part of the family and we know we can depend on her being there every day & taking great care of my Dad. He misses her when she’s not there!

— Daughter of an NHC Client

The family of those who are struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease also face many challenges.

Emotional Strain

Caring for a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s is challenging emotionally. Watching a family member lose their memory and cognitive abilities can be heartbreaking. Caregivers often experience feelings of grief, frustration, and helplessness as they cope with the progressive nature of the disease.

Physical and Mental Health Challenges

The demands of caregiving can have a big impact on the physical and mental health of family members, and those caregivers often experience high levels of stress, fatigue, and burnout. Balancing caregiving responsibilities with work and other family commitments can be overwhelming.

Financial Impact

The cost of care for individuals with Alzheimer’s can be significant. Families may need to cover expenses for medical treatments, home modifications, and professional caregiving services. This added financial burden can add to the challenges and stress faced by caregivers.

Seeking Help and Support

If you notice signs of Alzheimer’s in a loved one, seeking medical advice is crucial for an accurate diagnosis. Early intervention can make a substantial difference in managing the disease and planning appropriate care strategies. Once diagnosed, consider the benefits of professional elderly care services.

Neighborly Home Care is Your Partner in Alzheimer’s Disease Care

Neighborly Home Care offers specialized in-home care services for individuals with Alzheimer’s. Our in-home caregivers are experienced in managing the unique challenges posed by the disease. By providing personalized care plans, we ensure that your loved one receives the attention and support they need to maintain their quality of life.

Caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming. Our services provide expert care for your loved one and respite for family caregivers. Neighborly Home Care is dedicated to making this journey as smooth as possible.

Contact Neighborly Home Care Today

Neighborly Home Care is a trusted provider of in-home care services for seniors in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Our caregivers are compassionate and dedicated to the exceptional care of seniors with dementia. For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and your care options, please contact Neighborly Home Care. We are here to help you and your loved ones navigate life with this disease.