Actress Julianne Moore’s recent Academy Award-winning portrayal of a college professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s has cast extra attention on the disease over the past several months.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It affects a person’s memory, thinking, and behavior, and often progresses to the point where it affects daily activities and functions. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease usually strikes older adults; however, it can also affect folks in their 30s or 40s. When the disease occurs in someone under the age of 65, it is known as early-onset (or younger-onset) Alzheimer’s disease.
It is estimated that over 5.2 million Americans of all ages struggled with the disease in 2014. That number includes an estimated 5 million people age 65 or older and about 200,000 individuals under age 65. If your spouse, parent, or other loved one is struggling with Alzheimer’s disease in the Rochester, MN area, and needs compassionate and professional home health care, call Comfort Health. In addition to home health care, Comfort Health offers skilled nursing assistance and a variety of therapies, including speech, physical and occupational.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease; the symptoms grow worse over time. Yet, it’s also a variable disease, with symptoms progressing at different rates and in different patterns. Although it strikes both sexes, it is a disease that affects more women than men.
The classic sign of this terrible disease is gradual loss of short-term memory. Other symptoms may include:
– Challenges in planning or solving problems.
– Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or during periods of leisure.
– Confusion with time and/or place.
– Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
– New problems with words in speaking or writing.
– Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
– Decreased/poor judgment.
– Withdrawal from work or social activities.
– Changes in mood and personality.
If you have questions about any of the above warning signs, consult your physician. For more information on how Comfort Health can help you care for a loved one who’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, call 800-204-2332.