While there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s at the moment, there’s great reason for optimism, as numerous advancements in early detection and diagnosis, as well as a variety of effective treatment options, have emerged in recent years.
Alzheimer’s, a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills, is the most common form of dementia in the United States. Treatment is possible and recognizing early signs of dementia increases the odds that it’ll be successful. We all have memory lapses and are confused from time to time. It’s when those lapses interfere with your life that concern is warranted. If you notice any of the following warning signs in yourself or a loved one, don’t ignore it. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.
- Memory loss that disrupts your way of life
- Struggling with simple everyday tasks
- Confusion regarding time and/or place
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Mood shifts abruptly and/or frequently
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
Most people associate Alzheimer’s with the brain, as that’s where the most apparent deterioration often takes place. Yet there’s ample evidence that suggests that caring for your heart is as important as anything when it comes to protecting your mind.
In addition to general health tips that all seniors should be mindful of- namely, staying socially and physically active and eating well- you may be able to reduce your risk of developing conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia – as well as other serious problems, such as strokes and heart attacks – by taking steps to improve your cardiovascular health. We recommend at least 150 minutes of concerted cardiovascular activity every week. Break it into small, manageable pieces and spread it throughout your week; your heart (and mind) will thank you.
There are more ways available to treat Alzheimer’s today than ever before. Medication, therapy, or some combination of the two comprises most treatment plans. Ultimately, just as every case of Alzheimer’s is a bit different, so is every recommended course of treatment- it varies by person. At McKnight Place Assisted Living and Memory Care, we get to know our residents as completely as possible as part of our Forget-Me-Not program. By focusing on the interests and abilities of each resident, we empower them and enable them to succeed in life through social interaction, special events and trips, or any one of our many engaging, therapeutic activities. Our practices are built on knowing each individual resident’s strengths and customizing an active care program accordingly. While it’s not the only treatment available, we believe it to be the best; a higher standard of quality and care.
Ending Alzheimer’s: How You Can Help
A world without Alzheimer’s? It’s not as far off as it sounds. You only need to look at the enormous, passionate community of volunteers, loved ones, medical personnel and more that are engaged in the fight against Alzheimer’s each and every day. Right now, you can join them by participating in the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association Walk To End Alzheimer’s on October 24th! Their goal is to raise over 1.5 million dollars to help fund research and win the fight against Alzheimer’s. For more information on how you can support the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk To End Alzheimer’s click the button below.
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As a trusted expert in senior living, we’re here for you and your loved one now more than ever. While we are not currently allowing visitors to enter the community, we are happy to schedule a personal tour, send you more information or speak with you over the phone.