Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia, making up 60% to 80% of dementia cases. Although the terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s” are often used interchangeably, there are indeed differences between the two. Dementia is the broad term for a cognitive disorder that impairs the individual’s memory, sense of reasoning, and ability to think. Alzheimer’s is just one out of the many possible causes of dementia. We will provide you with more information on understanding Alzheimer’s.
Causes and Risks Associated with Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease appears to originate from two main types of nerve damage caused by abnormal brain structures tangles and plaques. Nerve cells get damaged and die, causing the loss of function and communication between brain cells. Although there is no definite cause of Alzheimer’s, factors like age, genetics, head injuries, and cardiovascular disease can increase one’s risk, which can be reduced by keeping physically and mentally active, staying socially engaged, and going for regular health checks.
Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
The symptoms of Alzheimer’s are generally divided into three main stages, which can be helpful if you are unsure about your loved one’s condition at present.
- Early Stage
Lapses in memory are common. Individuals may forget information learned recently, misplace items, ask repetitive questions, display poor judgment or reasoning skills, and experience constant mood changes.
- Middle Stage
Memory issues may worsen. Symptoms include increased instances of confusion or disorientation, obsessive behavior, delusions or paranoia, aphasia, difficulty with spatial tasks, and frequent mood swings. Individuals may need assistance with daily tasks at this stage.
- Late Stage
Individuals may develop further symptoms along with the likes of vivid hallucinations, dysphagia, gradual loss of speech, incontinence, and difficulty moving around without assistance.
Memory Care for Alzheimer’s
If your loved one has Alzheimer’s, they will require ample care in a supervised setting. Our nationally recognized SHINE® Memory Care program utilizes a person-centered approach in providing the long-term care residents require in a safe, secure, and holistic environment, as well as assistance with day-to-day tasks and a calendar of activities that promote the development of self-confidence, independence, and personal growth. Our staff undergo rigorous training and are equipped with the experience and knowledge needed to care for those dealing with dementia and other memory-related conditions. Our residents’ health, wellbeing, and happiness of our residents are of utmost priority, and we will do anything within our means to guide and support them.
Embark on Memory Care with Aston Gardens At Pelican Pointe
If you are looking for a memory program for your loved one, you might find what you’re looking for with our SHINE® Memory Care program at Aston Gardens At Pelican Pointe. We provide an extensive range of amenities and services in a beautiful, resort-like environment, with plenty of opportunities for residents to enjoy their retirement. Have questions? Contact us and our team of professionals will assist you and answer any questions you may have regarding memory care and other senior living programs.