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8 Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease & Senior Brain Health You Do Not Know

May 24, 2018 by Comfort Keepers

Home care for the elderly can be beneficial for those who are struggling with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Disease does get talked about often, and there is a reason for that – it affects millions of Americans across the country at any point in time and it is one of the biggest causes of death. You may have found your way on to this page because your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. However, you do not have to have a loved one with this degenerative and progressive condition to be worried about it. Home care for the elderly can do a lot to improve the lives of older adults with Alzheimer’s Disease, and it may be something to consider going forward.

Like we already mentioned, there is no cure for this progressive brain disorder. Furthermore, the symptoms of the disease – like confusion, memory loss, poor judgment, personality and mood changes and antisocial behavior – can result in an individual being unable to continue living in their own home without home care for the elderly. Most often, this care is provided by professionals, but it is also provided by family members and partners as well. At the same time, many individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease, who can neither afford home care for the elderly nor have a close family member to care for them, end up having to move to a nursing home or assisted living facility.

If your loved one is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, it is time to start a conversation about home care for the elderly with them. The sooner the better. It is important for you to know how they would like to live out the remainder of their lives. Most seniors express wanting to stay in the comfort of their own home, and professional senior home care certainly makes that possible.

We are in the middle of National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which is why we decided to put together a list of facts about this condition and brain health in general. Let’s take a look:

  • The way we live makes a major difference when it comes to whether or not we will develop Alzheimer’s Disease. Our brain health is significantly improved by regular exercise and abstaining from smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol. Seniors with healthier habits have higher levels of brain health and therefore less of a risk to develop Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia.
  • Physical activity can improve blood supply, brain volume and growth hormone levels in the brain. Cardio is the most effective.
  • Seniors who watch television have reduced cognitive function
  • Alzheimer’s Disease claims more lives than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.
  • An individual in the US develops Alzheimer’s Disease every 66 seconds.
  • Women have a higher chance of developing the degenerative disease.
  • More than 15 million caregivers in America provide home care for the elderly.

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