What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to waste away (degenerate) and die. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia – a continuous decline in thinking, behavioral and social skills that disrupts a person’s ability to function independently. 

It is estimated that there are approximately 44 million people worldwide living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia. 

Patients with Alzheimer’s often require long term care services to assist them in functioning in everyday activities and maintaining a positive quality of life and dignity.

What Causes Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease is thought to be caused by the abnormal build-up of proteins in and around brain cells. One of the proteins involved is called amyloid, deposits of which form plaques around brain cells. The other protein is called tau, deposits of which form tangles within brain cells.

What are early signs of Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease is not always diagnosed early on as some of the symptoms can start out similar to those normal for old age. If you begin to notice any of the items in the list below in your loved one on a frequent basis, express your concerns to their doctors. Some of the early signs of Alzheimer’s is: 

  • Memory loss 
  • Poor judgment leading to bad decisions 
  • Loss of spontaneity and sense of initiative 
  • Taking longer to complete normal daily tasks 
  • Repeating questions 
  • Trouble handling money and paying bills 
  • Wandering and getting lost 
  • Losing things or misplacing them in odd places 
  • Mood and personality changes 
  • Increased anxiety and/or aggression 

Signs of Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease:

In this stage, more intensive supervision and care become necessary, which can be difficult for many spouses and families. Symptoms may include: 

  • Increased memory loss and confusion 
  • Inability to learn new things 
  • Difficulty with language and problems with reading, writing, and working with numbers 
  • Difficulty organizing thoughts and thinking logically 
  • Shortened attention span 
  • Problems coping with new situations 
  • Difficulty carrying out multi step tasks, such as getting dressed 
  • Problems recognizing family and friends 
  • Hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia 
  • Impulsive behavior such as undressing at inappropriate times or places or using vulgar language 
  • Inappropriate outbursts of anger 
  • Restlessness, agitation, anxiety, tearfulness, wandering—especially in the late afternoon or evening 
  • Repetitive statements or movement, occasional muscle twitches 

This is typically the stage where families will consider placing their loved one in a long-term care facility. This is never an easy decision to make which is why knowing how long-term care facilities accommodate Alzheimer’s patients can help with the decision-making process.

Long-term Health Services:

A variety of long-term services are offered to patients with Alzheimer’s disease in long-term care facilities that can assist them with their daily wants and needs and provide them with an optimal quality of life. The services are tailored to each person’s needs and can change with the progression of their disease. 

Some long-term services include: 

  • Individual Rooms 
  • Scheduled Meals 
  • Art and Music 
  • Games and Entertainment 
  • Exercise Programs 
  • Activities that Engage the Mind and Memory 
  • Transportation 
  • Social Programming 
  • Medication Management 
  • Housekeeping 

Choosing the Best Forever Home

Choosing the best long-term facility for your loved one can be challenging. Not only is it a major adjustment for the patient, it can be difficult and emotional for the family as well. This is why it is so important to find long-term services that best fit the patient’s needs and a staff that understands and will make the adjustment a pleasant experience for everyone involved. 

Camelot Senior Living is described as “Where your new life begins. With around the clock care, a dedicated staff, compassionate therapists and three delicious meals a day. Our senior living facility is located in the heart of Lafayette. It’s the kind of place that you can call home either for a short term stay following injury or illness that requires rehabilitation or long term as a resident who requires long term care.”

Camelot offers a range of long-term services with all levels of care including:

The management and staff of Camelot Senior Living prides themselves as being caring and compassionate individuals. The company’s mission and values statement reflect those same beliefs. If you are looking for a forever home for your loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease, we would love to give you a tour of our facilities.