In Roswell, GA, 7.5 percent of the population is composed of people age 65 and older, a number that’s expected to rise in the next few years. Unfortunately, this means a growing number of persons who are more vulnerable to dementia. These people would greatly benefit from professional home health care.
The Alzheimer’s Association defines dementia as a general term used for describing a wide array of symptoms of mental ability decline. Dementia is distinct from memory issues that come with aging, and the main difference is in the severity of the decline. In dementia cases, the deterioration brings with it significant changes in behavior and personality. For a case to be classified as dementia, there should be considerable impairment in two or more of these core mental functions: memory, communication and language, ability to focus, visual perception, and reasoning and judgment.
The number of people around the world suffering from dementia is now over 46 million, according to The World Alzheimer Report, published by King’s College of London and Alzheimer’s Disease International. Time cites the report, emphasizing that the number is a dramatic increase from the estimated 35 million who were afflicted with the disease in 2009. Researchers warn that if no medical breakthrough happens for the prevention or cure of Alzheimer’s and other dementia, the number could double in 20 years.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the U.S, with 52.5 million adults estimated to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. The 2013 statistics for the state of Georgia show roughly 1,814,000 adults with arthritis; and a whopping 843,000 of them report to being severely limited by the disease. Living with arthritis could present many difficulties with even the simplest day-to-day activities. Home care professionals can help elderly patients cope with the illness and better manage their condition.
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common types of dementia. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the country, ranking even higher than heart disease and cancer.
Treatment for Alzheimer’s focuses mostly on maintaining mental function since it is what the disease attacks. As this involves day-to-day activities, it is important to give an afflicted person the attention and caring he or she may need at any time. Admittedly, it can be difficult for you or any other family member to provide the needed care yourself, but you can rely on professional caregivers. With the right approach, home health care providers can help improve an Alzheimer’s patient’s quality of life.