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Dementia Care, Alzheimer’s Disease & the Senior Brain

May 31, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick

Your senior loved one could benefit from Alzheimer’s or dementia care if they are struggling with their memory

Alzheimer’s disease has plagued the senior community at an increasing level for a long time, and it does not get talked about anywhere near as much considering the impact it has on the lives of those who are diagnosed with it. It is precisely for this reason that we applaud the incredible efforts of the people behind the declaration that June should be National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. In order to help their efforts, and help those in charge of their loved one’s dementia care, we decided to put together a quick article discussing some very important facts.

If your loved one has only recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you should know that, although they may not be able to live on their own and completely independently anymore, they can continue living in their own homes with proper dementia care. Thousands, and even millions, of professional caregivers are available across the country to provide your loved one with the dementia care they need to live safe and comfortable lives for a long time.

Before we get into the facts we have put together for you about Alzheimer’s disease, let’s talk a bit about what it is exactly. Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder. It is degenerative, which means that symptoms get worse over time. It is progressive, which means that there is no stopping the development of the disease. As of yet, there has been no cure found for it. As an individual with Alzheimer’s disease ages, they will experience an increasing amount of symptoms. These can include confusion, depression, poor judgment, and mood swings. An individual with Alzheimer’s may start withdrawing more and more from social activities as their cognitive function begins to decline. Over time, a person with Alzheimer’s disease will become unable to take care of the chores required for successful daily living and will need proper dementia care.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at this list of alarming facts about Alzheimer’s disease and the senior brain:

  • Lifestyle choices have a whole lot to do with our brain health. People who do not smoke or drink and exercise on a regular basis have a much lower chance of developing the degenerative disease.
  • Regular exercise helps us have healthier brains by improving blood flow to the brain.
  • TV is horrible for brain health as it is the only free time activity which negatively impacts cognitive function.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is ultimately fatal and it causes more deaths annually than prostate and breast cancer combined. 

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