Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It primarily impacts memory, thinking skills, and the ability to carry out simple tasks. While Alzheimer’s is most commonly diagnosed in older adults, it is not a normal part of aging. Early symptoms include forgetfulness, difficulty in planning or solving problems, and confusion with time or place.

Recognizing the Signs

Early detection is crucial in managing Alzheimer’s disease. Common signs include:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home or work
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • Problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Decreased or poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Changes in mood and personality

If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms, it is important to consult a healthcare professional for a thorough evaluation.

Ways to Support Loved Ones With Alzheimer’s

Supporting a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be challenging but rewarding. Here are some ways to help:

  • Educate Yourself: Learn about Alzheimer’s disease to understand what your loved one is experiencing and how you can best support them.
  • Create a Safe Environment: Make adjustments at home to ensure safety, such as removing tripping hazards, installing locks, and ensuring good lighting.
  • Establish a Routine: A consistent daily routine can help reduce anxiety and confusion for individuals with Alzheimer’s.
  • Encourage Social Interaction: Engage in activities that involve social interaction to help maintain cognitive function and emotional well-being.
  • Provide Emotional Support: Be patient, compassionate, and supportive. Understand that behavioral changes are part of the disease.
  • Promote Physical Activity: Encourage light exercises, such as walking, to improve overall health and mood.
  • Plan for the Future: Discuss and arrange legal, financial, and care plans early to avoid stress later.
  • Seek Support for Yourself: Caregiving can be demanding, so it’s important to take care of your own health and seek support from friends, family, or support groups.

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June is designated as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. This month aims to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and to support individuals and families affected by these conditions. It’s an opportunity to engage in activities and events that promote brain health and to advocate for more research and resources for Alzheimer’s care.

Summit Home Care: Your Partner in Alzheimer’s Care

At Summit Home Care, we understand the challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Providing in-home nursing and therapy services, our experienced team of clinicians provide compassionate and specialized care tailored to the unique needs of each individual. 

Visit us at Summit Home Care to learn more about our care services and how we can support your family!