Alzheimer’s disease works by destroying the person’s memory and other mental functions. Usually affecting people 60 years and older, Alzheimer’s affects the person’s brain cell connections. These cells usually degenerate and die which causes consistent and progressive memory loss and confusion.
Alzheimer’s can be a scary disease to encounter, especially without home health care. When a loved one is diagnosed with this disease, it can completely shift the dynamic of a family. To better understand what your family member is going through when battling Alzheimer’s, you first need to learn more about the condition and its symptoms.
5 Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms
Alzheimer’s disease is widely recognized by the 5 A’s which include Amnesia, Anomia, Apraxia, Agnosia, and Aphasia.
Perhaps the most common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is amnesia. Amnesia is the loss of memory that Alzheimer’s patients experience. People who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s usually have a tough time remembering information and experiences that have happened in their life. This may include minor things like birthdays to major things like remembering their loved ones.
Anomia is the inability to remember names of everyday objects. For Alzheimer’s disease patients who experience Anomia, they don’t have the capacity to repeat words. Because if this, they may find it difficult to recall words. For instance, if they see a shoe, they may recognize that is a shoe, however, they may not be able to verbalize that is, in fact, a shoe.
Apraxia is a disorder that is caused by damage to the brain often associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Apraxia causes patients with this disorder to have difficulty with skilled movements and/or speech. This can affect the movement of their limbs, facial movements, and response to verbal commands. Also, they may have difficulty moving their lips, tongue or jaw because their muscles are usually too weak.
Agnosia is characterized as the inability to recognize a familiar object, tastes, sounds, and other sensations. When experiencing Agnosia, the person may have a hard time recognizing objects like a cup or something as simple as a sneeze.
One of the hardest parts of Alzheimer’s disease is when the person starts to experience Aphasia. Aphasia takes away the person’s ability to express themselves through speech. Their speech may seem jumbled, and they also may find it hard to understand written language as well.
Alzheimer’s disease has no cure, however, there are medications that can help temporarily improve the symptoms.
Having a family member’s health decline is a tough thing to experience. In fact, as Alzheimer’s disease progresses, many families’ may feel that caring for someone who was diagnosed with the diseases is a full-time job. Because of this, it is important that your loved one has quality home care services.
At Aspen Healthcare, we strive to meet the needs of our patient who may require care at home. Located in the Lewisville area, our services range from skilled nursing care and rehabilitation to personal care and living assistance services.
Unfortunately, it is very hard to cope with the reality that your family member will not be able to live a normal life without the help of health care. Our highly qualified and educated staff is what sets us apart from other home health care agencies. When you entrust the care of your family member’s health in our hands, you can rest assured they will be in the best of care.
To get help, contact Aspen Healthcare today!