November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month!What you need to know about Alzheimer’sAlzheimer’s greatly affects a Patient’s memory. It might begin with forgetting recent events, and escalate to a more detrimental loss of memory.Symptoms might present as: the inability to focus or do general tasks, becoming frustrated at night, swift and emotional outbursts, disorientation, confusion, and trouble in speaking and communicating.Having this disease might disable a Patient from being able to remember how to eat, or dress themselves. They might begin to forget familiar faces and family members.Alzheimer’s disease was named after the doctor who first described it: Alois Alzheimer. It greatly affects a Patient’s memory, because it manifests in the brain, making the brain tissue break down gradually.The survival rates of this disease vary; a person could live with Alzheimer’s for a few months, or several years.Here are some quick facts about the statistics of the disease:

  • It is found more often in women than men
  • Currently, 1 in 8 people over 65 are living with Alzheimer’s
  • The average survival rate is 9 years
  • It is most common in patients over 65

What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease?As mentioned before, the damage that Alzheimer’s causes to the patients brain result in memory loss and those aforementioned symptoms. In more specific terms:“Nerve cells get tangles, called neurofibrillary tangles and protein deposits called beta-amyloidal plaques build up in the brain.”Your loved one suffering from this disease can still have a great quality of life, living at home if desired. Call At-Home Quality Care today to see if skilled Home Care is right for your family member in need of care. Source: http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/understanding-alzheimers-disease-basics  

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