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Myths and Realities about Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease impacts approximately 5 million people throughout the United States and comprises 60 to 80 percent of the cases of dementia that occur throughout the nation. Despite the Senior-Care-in-Crawfordville-FLrelative commonness of this disease, there are still many myths and misconceptions about Alzheimer’s disease that influence the way that people think of this disease, and potentially how family caregivers approach their care for their loved ones dealing with it. By reviewing these myths and understanding the realities of them you can ensure that you truly know as much as you can about the disease and can give your parent the most effective care possible.

 

Some of the myths regarding Alzheimer’s disease and their realities include:

  • This is just a normal part of aging. Some people affectionately joke that their loved one is experiencing “senior moments” or refer to dementia as “senility”, implying that the loss of memory skills and cognitive decline are simply part of getting older. This, however, is not the case. While most people do experience some slowing of their thoughts and memory recall as they get older, significant decline that negatively impacts quality of life is not normal. Alzheimer’s disease is not inevitable and it should be addressed with the same level of dedication and commitment as any other medical condition.
  • Alzheimer’s disease does not kill. Many people think of Alzheimer’s disease and just something that changes how a senior is able to think and recall memory, but not a disease that really impacts the body. This, however, is not true. Alzheimer’s disease is absolutely fatal. In its advanced stages the disease steals the body’s ability to function properly. By killing brain cells it effectively destroys the body’s ability to live.
  • Only very elderly people get Alzheimer’s disease. You might be less likely to think your aging parent has Alzheimer’s disease if they are not in their 80s or 90s. The reality, however, is that people as young as their 30s and 40s can receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The majority are over the age of 65, but you should not immediately discount the possibility even if your parent is only in their late 50s or early 60s.
  • Seniors are not aware of their condition. Some people justify not maintaining their relationships with people who have Alzheimer’s disease or not giving them the compassionate, nurturing care that they deserve by saying that the senior does not know what is going on. The truth is that most people with Alzheimer’s disease are very aware of the changes that they are experiencing and that something is not as it should be. This can be extremely emotionally distressing and frightening for them, and underscores the absolute importance of giving them respectful, loving, and compassionate care throughout their experience.

 

The beginning of your parent’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease is the ideal time for you to consider starting senior care for them. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging loved one on a schedule that is fully customized to their individual needs, challenges, and limitations, as well as their personality, lifestyle, and goals. This means that the care provider can help them to manage the symptoms that they currently have while also preparing for the challenges and limitations that will develop as the disease progresses. Through these highly personalized services this senior care provider can help your parent to live a lifestyle that is safe, healthy, and comfortable, but also as active, engaged, and independent as possible. As their family caregiver, this can give you a tremendous sense of peace of mind as you know that even as your loved one progresses through the disease, they will always have the care that they need to experience the highest quality of life possible as they age in place.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Crawfordville, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

Source:  http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_myths_about_alzheimers.asp

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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