By Jonni Belden,
Pioneer Manor Administrator
Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for
memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere
with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent
of dementia cases. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over
time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known
risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's
are 65 and older. Scientists have identified factors that increase the
risk of Alzheimer's. The most important risk factors—age, family
history and heredity—can't be changed, but emerging evidence
suggests there may be other factors we can influence. Diet, exercise,
prevention of injury (especially head injury), control of high blood pressure
and diabetes are all strategies that can slow or halt dementia risk.
Alzheimer's has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available
and research continues.
One of the most common signs of Alzheimer's, especially in the early
stages, is forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting
important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over;
relying on memory aides (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or
family members for things they used to handle on their own. Here are some
other warning signs of Alzheimer's:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
- Confusion with time 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 or poor judgment.
- Withdrawal from work or social activities.
- Changes in mood and personality.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs, please see
a doctor. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for the
future. You can learn more at The Alzheimer's Association,
We care for residents with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia at
The Legacy Living & Rehabilitation Center. The unit features a large dining area, activity area and a secure outdoor
patio and green space. We'll also have a sensory Snoezelen (multisensory)
room to help residents who may need a calm and quiet environment for a
Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s is a complex neurological disease that is the most
common form of dementia. More than 5 million people in the United States
have Alzheimer’s and more than 10 million are caring for a loved
one with the disease. You can learn more about this disease as well as
find resources for caregivers at The Alzheimer's Association,
www.alz.org. During the month of November, you can honor a Alzheimer’s and dementia
caregivers by sharing a personal tribute message on their page:
Support for those who Care for Others
Join other caregivers to share, support and learn from each other at the
Caregiver Support Group. Learn more about this group and when meeting
are held at