Dementia & Alzheimer’s

Dementia Patient

Dementia

Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.

Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as “senility” or “senile dementia,” which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging.

Symptoms

  • Problems thinking clearly, making decisions, or paying attention
  • Memory trouble
  • Seeing things that aren’t there, known as visual hallucinations
  • Unusual sleepiness during the day
  • Periods of “blanking out” or staring
  • Problems with movement, including trembling, slowness, and trouble walking
  • Dreams where you act out physically, including talking, walking and kicking

More than 5 million Americans are living with the Alzheimer’s disease. Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

Pills administered to Patient

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering newly learned information.

Symptoms

  • Short-term memory loss is the most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  • Disorientation of place and time
  • Increasing problems with planning and managing
  • Trouble with language
  • Rapid, unpredictable mood swings
  • Lack of motivation
  • Changes in sleep

Post-Diagnosis Care

To be diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Diseases can overflow the patient and their family with different emotions and fears. The crucial factor to an effective care plan is a rock-solid groundwork – support system. Alzheimer’s Association of America has determined that friends, neighbors and family are important sources of support for the patient. Caring for someone who was diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Diseases, can be challenging.

Care For U Plus realizes how difficult it can be to deal with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis and can serve as a resource to families in need. Care For U Plus offices work with various Institutions which are researching Dementia and Alzheimer’s Diseases to continue their education about the disease. Our home care services can offer a wide range of assistance to meet you and your family’s specific needs. Care For U Plus is devoted to providing professionals to administer home care to meet your needs.