According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5.8 people living in the United States have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Although there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's disease, there are things can be done to slow down the progression of the disease, which is why it is important to recognize dementia symptoms in the earliest stage possible. Our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare Big Sky wants to help you know the signs to look for when it comes to Alzheimer's disease.
What Is Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer's disease is defined as an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, as stated by the National Institute on Aging.
Although there are twice as many women than men who live with Alzheimer's disease, the condition is the most common cause of dementia among both genders during older age.
What Are the Signs of Alzheimer's Disease?
While memory loss is the most obvious sign of dementia, there are actually many symptoms to keep an eye out for, including:
- Memory loss
- Challenges in solving problems
- Difficulty in completing familiar tasks
- Trouble understanding visual images
- New problems with speaking
- Misplacing things
While there is no single known cause of Alzheimer's disease, there are a few risks associated with the condition that researchers have identified. These risks include a combination of lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors.
Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent and slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease. First, you want to make sure you are avoiding smoking. Tobacco use in any form has been shown to contribute to cognitive decline.
Second, you want to make sure that you either prevent and/or have any other vascular medical conditions under control, which include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet filled with fruits and veggies, lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. And don't forget to also exercise the mind by constantly learning and challenging the brain in new and different ways.
Our specialities at Qualicare Big Sky include degenerative diseases, dementia, mental health, palliative care, rehab and traumatic brain injury. Contact our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare Big Sky to learn how we can help care for your loved one with dementia.