Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month is held every November and helps promote awareness for one of the most common forms of dementia that has no cure in sight. Over 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. It can be very hard on a family to watch their loved ones suffer through Alzheimer’s. Recognizing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s can help you start helping your loved ones as early as possible with health and wellness programs designed to stimulate the mind, which is very beneficial to those with Alzheimer’s disease.
At Southfield, our health and wellness services can give you plenty of daily activities to help stimulate the mind and body. You will be with your friends and peers while living in a comfortable private residence so you can maintain your independence as much as you like. If your parents or your loved one is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and living alone, call 855.947.3838 today to learn more about our independent senior living community and our health and wellness programs to see if they are a good fit for your aging parent or loved one.
What Are the Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that generally affects seniors but can begin much younger. It is caused by an abnormal build-up of plaque around the brain cells, decreasing neurotransmitters. Over time, this can cause the brain to shrink and generally begins in the area of the brain responsible for memories.
Recognizing the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease is essential so you can get them the help they need as soon as possible. Scientists now believe that the build-up of plaque begins years before symptoms begin to appear. Some of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease include:
- Memory loss that interrupts day-to-day activities
- Difficulty in solving problems, working with numbers, or forming/sticking to a plan
- Familiar tasks become difficult
- Losing track of dates or time of year
- Difficulty with spatial relationships and visual images
- Starting to forget common terms or forgetting words
- Losing items
- Unable to remember where they just were
- Changes in mood
- Withdrawing from friends and family
Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month can help bring awareness to everyone about this disease. If you have a family member with Alzheimer’s, spend extra time with them and learn more ways you can help.
How You Can Help Loved One With Senior Memory Care
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease does not have to be difficult if you are patient and educate yourself about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and ways that you can help them. The degree of severity of Alzheimer’s and lifespan varies wildly. Some patients can still live a long and happy life with this disease. This happens when they maintain a healthy lifestyle with plenty of mental activities and other senior memory care tips. Some other ways to help:
- Stay up to date about Alzheimer’s and the different medication that helps with some of the symptoms.
- Stay involved with their lives with daily visits and calls.
- Create a memory board with photos and names of all family members and close friends.
- Engage in stimulating conversations with them. The more mentally active they are, the better.
- Spend time working with them on a puzzle or other memory-intensive challenges.
- Encourage them to play thought-provoking games and activities instead of mindlessly watching TV.
It is important that all family members and close friends maintain close contact as the longer time passes between visits, the more risk there is of them not recognizing you right away.
Southfield Has the Health and Wellness Services to Help Keep Seniors Mentally Active
During November, help spread awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month by sharing the purple awareness symbol for Alzheimer’s on your social media feeds. If you would like to learn more about our health and wellness services and see if our independent senior living community is right for your parents or aging loved ones, call 855.947.3838 today to schedule a tour and learn how our health and wellness services can help.