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Caregiver Coping Tips: Dealing with the Sensory Changes Caused by Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are progressive memory disorders that affect brain cells and cause changes to a person’s basic functional abilities over time. The earliest and most obvious symptoms typically involve forgetfulness and memory loss, but as Alzheimer’s continues to progress all five of the basic human senses can be affected. The result is that a person’s ability to see, hear, smell, taste and touch can be diminished.

Understanding and Coping with the Everyday Challenges of Your Loved One with Memory Loss

Because Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive degenerative disorder that affects healthy brain tissue, caregivers can expect their loved ones to experience increasing difficulties with performing the normal activities of daily living. As a result, the responsibilities of caregivers for meeting the everyday safety and health needs of their loved ones will also increase.

How to Recognize Signs that Your Loved One Needs Residential Memory Care

If you are caring for a loved one with early- or mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, you might be worried about what comes next. The progressive effects of memory loss can be gradual and your loved one may seem to be getting along just fine. However, it can be difficult to predict the future because Alzheimer’s rate of progression varies with each individual and changes can occur rather quickly. The only certainty is that the challenges facing your loved one, and you, will only increase over time.

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