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Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzhieimers Guide for Caregivers

If you have an aging parent or loved one who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, learning about the disease can help you become a more informed caregiver so you can help manage symptoms, find viable treatment options and offer support and assistance. Get started with the following information from Home Care Assistance, a trusted Cincinnati Alzheimer’s care provider.

Alzheimer’s History

Alzheimer’s disease is named after Dr. Alysisus “Alois” Alzheimer who identified the first published case in 1906. He linked symptoms to microscopic brain changes in a woman who exhibited noticeable transformations in her behavior. Because of these psychological changes, an autopsy was performed after her death at which time the brain showed deposits and shrinkage around the nerve cells.

Risk Factors

There is a direct link that shows that symptoms of Alzheimer’s increase as people age. Many Alzheimer’s patients are 65 and older, with a small percentage of people who have been diagnosed with early-onset, meaning symptoms appeared when the individual was younger than 65.

Early Symptoms

The early symptoms of Alzheimer’s may involve mood changes, forgetfulness, problems with language skills, confusion, depression, impaired judgment and the inability to concentrate. Symptoms range from mild to severe depending on the stage and progression of the disease.

Stages of Alzheimer’s

There are three stages that are used as criteria to define Alzheimer’s. The Preclinical Stage involves brain changes that are not clearly obvious. Mild Cognitive Impairment is the second stage when memory loss becomes evident. Alzheimer’s Dementia is the latter stage of development when daily functions are adversely affected. During this stage, around the clock or 24 hour care in Cincinnati will likely be required to ensure health.

Behavior Management

People who are showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s benefit from a calm secure atmosphere. Reducing stressors helps to manage mood and behavior. Loud noises should be avoided, in addition to bright garish colors and shadowy lighting.

Interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease and how to care for a loved one with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis? Reach out to Home Care Assistance of Cincinnati today. Our experienced Care Managers and Alzheimer’s caregivers act as advocates for clients and families, while also providing high-quality care and support. Call 513-891-2273 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation about Alzheimer’s or dementia care in Cincinnati.

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