Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, but it’s not the only type. Getting an accurate diagnosis can help you support your loved one, anticipate likely changes and ensure you choose the right level of care. The right diagnosis begins with a trip to a doctor you trust and usually requires a referral to a neurologist. Here’s how to understand the distinction between Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 in 3 seniors die with some form of dementia. The longer a person lives, the more vulnerable his or her brain becomes to dementia. So the frustrating reality is that a senior who lives a long and healthy life may ultimately need dementia care.
The progression of dementia impacts everyone differently. The progression of Alzheimer’s disease, for example, can span anywhere from several months to several decades. That’s why memory care decisions must be guided by the unique experiences and needs of you or your loved one.
Your loved one with dementia can not always communicate with you the way she once did. While you made the best decision possible for her, moving her into a memory care community, it may still feel like a challenge to stay updated on her progress and health from miles away. Thankfully, the dementia care plan is a way for you to stay in the loop about what your loved one needs and prefers as she ages in her supportive environment.
A care plan is an interdisciplinary approach to the care of your loved one. However, the care plan isn’t just for the community’s clinicians or staff members. Here are a few things that your loved one wishes that you knew about her care plan.
Given that one-in-nine American seniors has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s no surprise that this complex and frightening disease is very much on people’s minds.
Because of this, there are a lot of Alzheimer's myths floating around today. Fortunately,, not everything you hear or read about the disease is true. Here’s a look at 10 common misconceptions about dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
When does forgetting minor details turn from normal to concerning? It is a question that almost everyone asks as they get older or as their parents age. It is important to note that while forgetfulness is not a normal part of aging, it is common to experience scatterbrain moments like walking into a room and not remembering why on earth you walked in or misplacing your keys. However, there are some signs that your forgetfulness might warn of a more significant issue, like Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia.
While this list is not comprehensive, it can give you a guide to know when a doctor visit might be warranted. Remember, while Alzheimer’s Diesease is not curable, the sooner it is diagnosed, the sooner treatment, education and coping skills are found that can make both the senior and family more comfortable.
Dementia can be a terrifying diagnosis, especially when you do not know what to expect. Dementia, however, does not have to be a dark and mysterious force haunting every second of your loved one’s life. There’s still plenty of joy to be found after a dementia diagnosis. Having the right medical information can help you or your loved one plan for the future, choose palliative care options, and pursue the right treatment.