Caring For A Loved One With Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior and is the seventh leading cause of death in the country, and the fifth leading cause of death for those over age 65. It is not a normal part of aging and currently the cause of Alzheimer’s disease is unknown.
There are more than 5 million people nationwide living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 4.9 million people over the age of 65 and between 200,000 and 500,000 people under age 65 with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The youngest reported case of Alzheimer’s disease was that of a 28 year old female. Currently it is estimated that someone in America develops Alzheimer’s every 72 seconds; by mid-century someone will develop Alzheimer’s every 33 seconds.
Below is a chart demonstrating the difference between memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss as a result of normal aging:
|Symptoms of Alzheimer’s||Memory Changes w/ Normal Aging|
|Forgetting whole experiences||Forgetting part of an experience|
|Rarely able to remember later||Often able to remember later|
|Gradually unable to follow written/spoken directions||Usually able to follow written/spoken directions|
|Gradually unable to use notes as reminders||Usually able to use notes as reminders|
|Gradually unable to care for oneself||Usually able to care for oneself|
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
These 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are a checklist of common symptoms that can help you recognize signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Memory loss
- Difficulty performing familiar tasks
- Problems with language
- Disorientation to time and place
- Poor or decreased judgment
- Problems with abstract thinking
- Misplacing things
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Changes in personality
- Loss of initiative
Alzheimer’s Planning – What Steps Should You Take Now?
When the diagnosis is Alzheimer’s, it’s the responsibility of the spouse or family leader to become fully informed and to take positive actions to care for your loved one in the best way possible. Order our FREE Consumer’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Planning by clicking on the Green link below. This guide contains a lot of information that helps you understand this disease better. The time to act is now. With proper planning, you will be able to ensure that things are handled according to your wishes and that you’ve taken the best steps possible to protect your loved ones and to protect your family’s financial security.
If you would like the guidance of a law firm which has helped hundreds of Arkansas families successfully deal with these issues, then call the Elder Law Practice of Douglas R. Jones & Cynthia Orlicek Jones at (501) 843-9014 . The toll free number is (800) 844-0030.
Imagine the peace of mind you’ll have when you stop reacting to your situation and start putting into place a positive action plan which will allow you to protect yourself and your loved ones.
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