September is World Alzheimer’s Month

As the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease affects tens of millions of people throughout the world. While the exact causes of Alzheimer’s Disease remain unknown, doctors and scientists committed to fighting this disease are constantly learning more with the hope of eventually being able to prevent and defeat it.

Potential Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the National Institute on Aging, in addition to memory problems, someone with Alzheimer’s disease may experience one or more of the following signs:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life, such as getting lost in a familiar place or repeating questions.
  • Trouble handling money and paying bills.
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
  • Decreased or poor judgment.
  • Misplaces things and being unable to retrace steps to find them.
  • Changes in mood, personality, or behavioral.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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Alzheimer’s Disease Statistics in the US

  • In 2014, as many as 5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease.

  • The symptoms of the disease can first appear after age 60 and the risk increases with age.
  • Younger people may get Alzheimer’s disease, but it is less common.
  • The number of people living with the disease doubles every 5 years beyond age 65.
  • This number is projected to nearly triple to 14 million people by 2060.

Alzheimer’s Disease Is:

  • One of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States.
  • The 6th leading cause of death among US adults.
  • The 5th leading cause of death among adults aged 65 years or older.

CDC

Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

Since there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, most treatments for this type of dementia revolve around improving overall quality of life for those living with it. Treatment usually includes therapeutic methods which aim to delay the disease’s symptoms by maintaining healthy mental functioning while effectively managing the associated behavioral symptoms.

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Programs and Services to Promote Overall Wellbeing

Our patient-centered care facility offers residents access to a variety of programs and services to promote both mental and physical wellbeing. We design activities with proven therapeutic benefits, tailored to the unique interests and abilities of each of our residents. Our staff also includes members who have been specially trained and are experienced in techniques that help residents cope with obstacles pertaining to dementia.

Contact us today to learn more about our dementia and Alzheimer’s care or any of the other patient-centered services we offer.

 
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