As children, we have a responsibility and desire to look after our parents once they are unable to be self-sufficient. Typically that begins with some occasional help around the house. At first it feels good to do something for them after all of the support and time that they have given you throughout your lifetime. From there it turns to more regular trips, having to manage your own affairs with that of your parents.
Alzheimer’s: What You Need to Know
Last week we discussed Alzheimer’s warning signs and what to do if you notice them in yourself or a loved one. This week we are going to talk about what it is like to be a newly diagnosed Alzheimer’s patient. Going to see a physician to address the possibility of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is not an easy thing, but it can provide a sense of relief.
How to Spot the Onset of Alzheimer’s
In 1983, late President Ronald Reagan designated the month of November for Alzheimer’s awareness. Around that time the number of Americans affected by this debilitating illness was 2 million. Today that number stands at 5.4 million. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and the 6th highest cause of death in the United States. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s are frequently mistaken for typical signs of aging in seniors as a majority of Alzheimer’s patients are over the age of 65.