Dementia is an overall term for diseases and conditions characterized by a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia.
As a family member or friend of someone with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or cognitive change, you shoulder a particularly heavy burden. Helping your loved one keep some sort of normalcy is key, and the type of care needed is physically and emotionally demanding. Everyday Homecare is here to help. Understanding that you are not alone is the first step.
- Over 4.5 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
- About one in 10 people over age 65 has the disease.
- Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia affect up to 50 percent of people over the age of 85.
Everyday Homecare wants you to know that providing specialized non medical home care for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia or cognitive change is one of the most positive ways you can help. Most patients experiencing symptoms—particularly those in the early and middle stages of the illness—can be cared for at home instead of at nursing homes or other facilities.