What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia that causes a loss of cognitive function and leads to issues with memory, thought processes and behavior. The disease, which is ultimately fatal, develops slowly and gets progressively worse over time, causing problems with daily functioning.
What are the problems that caregivers face?
Millions of Americans are currently dealing with the demands of providing day-to-day care to loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. Providing this type of care can be challenging, often placing high levels of emotional, physical – and even financial – stress on the caregivers. When caregivers have shared memories and experiences with the individual, they may experience even greater emotional tension and find the changing roles difficult to handle.
How can Memory Care Assisted Living help?
Memory Care Assisted Living can provide supportive care to individuals and information and guidance to their families to help them understand and cope with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. At North Woods Village Memory Care Assisted Living, we provide a safe, yet welcoming setting for those with Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss. We offer opportunities for exercise, provide a comforting touch and engage our residents in activities designed specifically for each person’s unique abilities and preferences.
Additionally, through our "NEW DIRECTIONS"® Memory Care Program, North Woods Village offers resident-centered care that focuses on each individual’s abilities, preferences and needs. We strive to keep our residents as mentally active and independent as possible, while maintaining sensitivity to their desires. This type of specialized care can help families maximize the quality of life for their loved ones living with Alzheimer's – throughout the entire progression of the disease.
What are the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease?
The main risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease are age, family history and genetics; however, most experts feel that Alzheimer’s disease is a result of complex interactions among genes and a variety of other factors over a long period of time. Making good lifestyle and wellness choices throughout your life, as well as effectively managing health conditions, may play a positive role in helping to keep your brain and body healthy, possibly providing protection against Alzheimer’s disease.
What are some of the warning signs associated with Alzheimer’s disease?
Some of the warning signs associated with Alzheimer’s disease include memory loss that can disturb activities of daily life, impaired judgment, disorientation about time or place, behavior or personality changes and loss of the ability to understand and communicate effectively.
What treatments are available for Alzheimer’s disease?
Currently, there is no treatment available to stop the progression of, or cure, Alzheimer’s disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved several drugs that have been found to temporarily slow the worsening of symptoms for about six to 12 months; however, these drugs are only effective in about half of the people who take them.