Articles - Alzheimer's and Dementia Care

The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease: Early, Middle & Late Symptoms

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition characterized by cognitive decline. It is thought to be caused by an abnormal buildup of proteins in and around brain cells, which can affect the function of neurotransmitters and lead to different areas of the brain shrinking—the first of which is related to memory. Alzheimer’s disease can be categorized into three stages—early, middle, and ...

Early Signs of Dementia to Watch Out For

Dementia is a term that describes an impairment in one’s ability to think, remember, and make decisions in such a way that it affects their everyday life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was an estimated 5 million adults over the age of 65 with dementia in 2014. By 2060, that number is expected to ...

How to Prevent Falls in Seniors With Alzheimer’s

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among seniors, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and seniors with Alzheimer’s disease are even more at risk. Alzheimer’s disease is a cognitive condition that grows progressively worse, and seniors in later stages of the disease are prone to impaired judgment and lessened sensory perception. That’s why ...

At What Point Do Dementia Patients Need 24-Hour Care?

Dementia is a progressive disease, so there comes a time in every dementia patient’s life when 24-hour care is necessary. For most dementia patients, this occurs during the middle stages of the disease when areas of the brain responsible for language, reasoning, conscious thought, and sensory processing are slowly being worn down. Your loved one is likely becoming more easily ...

Can Dementia Get Worse Suddenly?

Dementia is a progressive disease, which means a person’s condition will get worse over time. In many cases, the progression is slow—for example, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease may remain in the moderate stage of the disease for years. However, a rare condition called rapidly progressive dementia (RPD), in which one’s condition deteriorates over a matter of weeks or months, can ...

Can a Person With Dementia Live at Home?

A person with early-stage dementia can live at home. This stage can last for years and is characterized by forgetfulness: remembering names, misplacing objects, forgetting appointments, etc. You may also experience increased difficulty with common tasks, especially in work settings. It’s during this time that you’ll want to talk to your family about how long you plan to live at ...

How Do You Care for an Alzheimer’s Patient at Home?

Having a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be a difficult time for a family, and especially so if you have decided to care for your loved one at home. You may not want him or her to be in a nursing home right now, particularly if your loved one is in the early stages of the disease and may ...

What Is a Dementia Care Plan?

A dementia care plan is a living document that caretakers and family members utilize to determine changes in a loved one’s cognitive ability, physical ability, and personality, as well as the type of care the senior will need going forward. At Help at Home Homecare, we start working on dementia care plans during our in-home assessment, which is the first ...