Dementia is not a specific disease; it is an umbrella term that describes many symptoms. There are over a hundred types of dementia, but Alzheimer’s is the most widespread. Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia is the key to finding hope.
The possibility of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s increases for people 65 and older, but people as young as 45 have been diagnosed. Early signs such as forgetfulness, personality or behavioral changes, and a decline in social skills are the tell-tale signals of this disease. The symptoms appear at work or in conversations with friends or family and usually interfere with a person’s activities in daily life.
A visit to a physician is a critical step to getting help for your loved one and the family. Your doctor will conduct a physical exam, compile a medical history, review skills, order a blood test, and evaluate an x-ray to rule out infection.
Research and treatment are slow to make a difference, but scientists are working hard to understand and end this disease. The decline of our loved ones takes its toll on everyone. Life becomes a puzzle for the patient, and we miss the person they were before. How do we get through each day and how to proceed? Our loved ones must have the best care for the rest of their lives. In addition to support and caregiver groups, your physician and nursing staff are the lifelines.
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