Champion Home Health Care is in the business of championing to keep your senior loved one aging safely, happily, and healthily at home all while providing peace of mind for the family. Our multitude of in home health care services are designed to help seniors and their families. We also strive to disseminate relevant information, keeping you enlightened and informed on issues commonly facing the senior population through our webpage, blog, newsletter, and Facebook page. According to Alzheimer’s Association, in 2016 Alzheimer’s disease was listed as the 6th leading cause of death in the United States citing more than 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease; one in 9 people over the age of 65 are affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Our next few blogs will focus on this disease, the warning signs and symptoms, causes, ways to cope with and handle associated behaviors, and disease treatments.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Alzheimer’s disease:

“…is a disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. It’s the most common cause of dementia- a group of brain disorders that results in the loss of intellectual and social skills.”

Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that worsens over time. The disease usually starts out slowly with symptoms such as forgetfulness and progresses to more severe symptoms such as no longer being able to recognize family or perform basic living activities such as bathing, eating, and dressing.

Alzheimer’s Disease is not a normal part of aging. You are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease if you are over 65 years of age, a close relative has had the disease, you have a history of head trauma, are female, or have a history of heart/ blood vessel problems due to high cholesterol, or have certain genes linked to the disease. There are two types of Alzheimer’s disease: early onset AD and late onset AD.

Early onset:

  • appears before age 60
  • less common
  • worsens quickly
  • several genes have been identified
  • early onset can run in families

Late onset:

  • most common form
  • may run in families
  • occurs in people over 60

Our next post will cover the signs and symptoms and how to handle some of the behaviors coupled with Alzheimer’s disease. Contact Champion Home Health Care at 321-608-3838 to schedule your consultation today if you feel you or your loved one could benefit from our in-home health care services.